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Women's Group Pushes for Equal Rights

August 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

In a country where the Taliban had banned girls from school, an Afghan women's group pressed to enshrine equal rights in a new constitution. Negar, as the group is known, collected 100,000 signatures on its "Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women" and presented it to a commission crafting the constitution.

The declaration demands the elimination of gender-based discrimination and segregation, the right to move about independently and to choose whether to wear a burka.

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