Humza Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow, has urged fellow MSPs to support the campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) presented green scarves, have become a symbol of women’s rights activism in Afghanistan, to all MSPs today, in readiness for the 25th of November 2011, International Day Against violence Against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women 2011.
Humza Yousaf remarked: “Due to our role in Afghanistan over the last decade, we have an obligation to ensure that the most vulnerable Afghanis are protected with the same freedoms and rights enjoyed by those in our own country.
“We hear about some of the dreadful security problems plaguing Afghanistan at this time, however, what we hear less about is the plight of women and children in that part of the world.
“Afghani women have made great strides in the last decade and are fulfilling some key positions in the political, business and legal institutions of the country. However, for millions of women the threat of violence and the severe suppression of rights is the frightening and daily reality they live with.
“As a nation Scotland prides itself on being a beacon of human rights and compassion throughout the world. I hope we will continue this important legacy and I would encourage everyone to wear their green scarves with pride and get involved in the campaign to end violence against women across the globe.
A spokeswoman for WILPF commented: “Supporting human rights for Afghan women is also an essential part of finding better alternatives to violence in the region.
“The Scottish branch of WILPF invites anyone who supports the call for international negotiations to include women in peace building activities here in UK and in Afghanistan, and at the international conference in Bonn to join MSPs outside the Scottish Parliament at the end of parliamentary business around 5.30pm.”