Keira Knightly, English actress, is fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan. Knightly, along with Selma Hayak, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson and a list of other compassionate celebrities, has lent her voice asking UK Prime Minister David Cameron to aid the women of the war torn country in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th.
There is much concern for the women of Afghanistan, who are often abused and thought of as property rather than people, following the withdrawal of International troops and the recent election. While much progress has been made in the last decade, the fear of losing it all is palpable.
The letter, part of a campaign for Amnesty International, praises Afghani women for having the courage to stand up against the Taliban but fears for their future safety in light of recent events. ”In the last six months, numerous Afghan women committed to working for peace and development have been murdered, including four policewomen, a pregnant school teacher and a local government worker,” says the letter.
Amnesty International calls for the Prime Minister not to turn his back on these courageous women. It states, ”As Prime Minister your support sends a very clear message to the Afghan authorities as well as to the brave women working for the future of their country.” For more information on how you can get involved, visit Amnesty International.
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