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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Silent scream: Your comments
As a Muslim woman, I would like to protest this systematic stereotyping. Firstly, why are you ignoring the Loud Screams from Jenin, Gujarat, Chechnya and Kashmir? Do the terms "Malleus "Maleficarum" or "auto-da-fe" mean anything to our critics? Who is more respectable - the Sultan of Brunei publicly backed by his two wives on state occasions, or the Monica Lewinskis of your world? Do I not have a democratic right to choose a Hijab? According to your definition, a nun in "hijab" should also be classified as oppressed. Can the West not realise that many of the problems of the Taleban era emanate from the harsh sanctions, exacerbated by the eradication of opium? Why was no such attention given to the horrors of apartheid? Give me my Islam any day.
Feroza M A Esat
You stopped people understanding Islamic roles, because in one shot, you showed that Afghan woman is like dead body, but in fact the hijab is her security. And this hijab is the instruction of Islam not the Taleban, what do you mean with these kind of photos, pls note that 85% women of Afghanistan like the hijab and are proud of this way of life - not like the western women being used like toys selling there bodies and making sexy films, and no have no self value. Afghans have culture, have roles, there husbands must in die, but bring food and money for their wives. Pls study before, if they don't have husband and they are killed, they have brothers, relatives and all life they pay and bring food for them, ok, we are Muslims and believe in this.
After recently lobbying Jack Straw at his constituency, on an Afghanistan, Iraq etc. this programme gave a lie to his statements about life in Afghanistan.. Many many thanks (It had me in tears)
I would like to say that after seeing the programme this was the first real
opportunity I have had to hear from the women themselves. I found them to
be very brave and intelligent, also very beautiful, no wonder the men of
Afghanistan wants to keep them down. They are an inspiration to all of us and we, as a Western Society, should do everything we can to help them lead normal lives as we do.
I cannot believe that women are treated so badly in this day and age. Women have rights as well as men. Women are as intelligent as men if they are given the chance. More women are gaining high-powered jobs today and they deserve all the rewards they receive. Women should stand up for their rights and those of their female children.
International aid should be conditional on hard targets agreed with the Afghan government to improve the circumstances of women in Afghanistan and monitored by women appointed by the international community under protection of peacekeeping military forces. Women's rights are the key to begin the process of establishing democracy in this nation.
With reference to your coverage Silent Scream, it really epitomises nothing but a naked hatred for the veil. No one denies that certain people may use the veil to subdue and oppress women. But what I find most difficult to understand is how the BBC repeatedly patronises and demeans the veil as anything but a mode of respectable dressing for women. Freedom of choice is not just about western women flaunting their bodies nakedly, but also accepting the dignified and modest dress code, which includes the veil. Sorry if this email disappoints you.
Harrowing story. Seems like we've backed people no better than those we've
fought against. Northern Alliance may not be terrorists in the 'war against
terrorism' but sure are to their native women. Enlightening programme.
This programme was very upsetting. So was the one a couple of weeks ago about women in Pakistan. What I don't understand is why is it that we get such few programmes about this. The media should be bombarding us with this topic in every shape and form and yet we only get token gestures on the subject.
Please BBC can you show more of this so that EVERY one gets to know about
it. I also cannot understand why this government and so many others are turning
a blind eye to these atrocities.
The programme showed that conditions haven't really changed for the better. Women are still afraid to go out without the burqa although technically they are can. Watching the scenes in which those in charge today kicked and beat women like dogs enraged me. The Northern Alliance are thugs and not the heroes our government and the US would have us believe. A colleague who has just returned from Afghanistan told me that during the curfew it was believed that the Northern Alliance used this opportunity to rob and terrorise people. I have nothing but admiration for the women who have built up the resistance movement, Rawa. These women should be consulted on the future of women in their society and not those who exiled themselves.
Last night's Correspondent programme about Afghan Women was most
interesting, moving and uplifting. Let's have further updates please. However, I noted that among all the women interviewed there was not one
Pashtun. All the women were ethnic Iranian - Dari speakers, who are not
representative of all Afghan women. Are we to believe that they, who are so much like their Iranian sisters across the border, are the only vocal and educated women in the country? You did not make clear whether RAWA has followers among the women of the Pashtun majority. As the Taliban are mainly made up of ethnic Pashtuns, it would be fascinating to hear from their women too, to see if women's solidarity can/is breaching the cultural and linguistic divide.
I just wanted to say how good I thought this programme was. So much more
realistic than much of the propaganda on our screens at the moment. It was
really accessible and put into context other footage we have seen. Any chance of it being re-shown on BBC 1 at a more high profile time? Thank you.
I was so glad to see Correspondent giving the women of Afghanistan a chance to show their bravery, humanity, humility, patriotism, scepticism, faith, doubt, hope and fear. They have been used as token female appeal in the War on Terror's propaganda campaign and I feel that to let them speak in their own right with their own voices was a move away from the patronising tone of "victim reports". Bravo!
I thought silent scream doc on Sunday eve, was really interesting disturbing,
moving and enlightening. Your programme at last has shed light and presented, for me a different perspective on such a complex situation re the world (the west) and Afghanistan. Congratulations. I have never contacted a programme before; so cheers, I have been motivated get off my butt to know more about the organisations reported in your prog. I'm not sure whether you are able to do so, but I would really like to know more re 'rawa' and ' v-day' , and how i might contact them i. e. do they have a news letter or web site? i am yet still a novice
re the web and i did try but i could not get any connection. i am percussionist and i indeed possess a beautiful afghan dol drum which I play. I was really moved by the plight of these women and would therefore like to contact the organisations to find out more, even if just to offer my support as a women here in Britain living in a multi -cultural and democratic society. which in this day and age of fighting and trouble, i feel lucky and privileged to be living in. kind regards and in pursuit of world peace...
I watched your programme this evening and was deeply moved. Whilst
I don't consider myself to be ignorant of the plight of these women I do
feel powerless to help.
My 9year old daughter has just read the book 'The Breadwinner' by Deborah Ellis. It is a story about a young Afghan girl who tries to survive under Taliban rule. We noticed in the paper that this episode told a similar story. Unfortunately we were out and missed it. My daughter is very interested in seeing this. Please could you tell me when you will be showing this again? Thank you.
Thank you, thank you for your excellent report on the women of Afghanistan and their fight for safety in their own country. As an expat American I can only express my chagrin and shame for the history of the US involvement and then abandonment of the people of Afghanistan. Thank you BBC for continuing to bring the hidden issues forward, even to rub our noses in it. I keep wondering how the UN can allow the US to hold sway about such important issues as the conduct on another sovereign state in the way it has since Sept. 11. Am I really foolish to think that the UN should be a tool for justice country by country, women by men, religion by religion? I look forward to hearing more about Afghanistan and the aftermath of the US involvement there.
Thank you for bringing us this story of true awfulness, now I know more
about it at least I can try and support Afghan women's struggle.
Excellent correspondent. Thank you -
Is there anything that ordinary people in the UK can do to help the plight of those brave tortured women that your programmed highlighted? I have known about them for a long time and felt frustrated at not knowing how to contribute. Is the government doing really typing aid to women's rights? To whom can we write to ensure this remains so? Can we contact RAWA directly?
Women of Afghanistan are still being abused. The RAWA women must be heard and have a say in how their country is run.
To the brave women of Afghanistan, to the women of Rawa, to Biby Ayish,
Tahmeena, Dr Anwari, Widow Zeban and Eve Ensler, I salute you. The human spirit will remain intact, regardless.
I watched your programme tonight and was moved by what I saw, but we must
realise that we cannot just go into a country and try and change their way of
life. Women in this country get beaten by husbands, brothers, boyfriends, and
know one steps in to help or stop them. In Afghanistan this is the way of
life. If you do wrong then you get punished. Beating a woman or man is wrong
but we can never stop it. We know it goes on but you have to help yourself, I
myself was beaten but got out of the relationship to save myself. If you put
cameras in lots of homes you would see the same thing. But still it goes on.
It helps that you show such programmes but afterwards its soon forgotten.
Thank you for bringing it to viewer's attention.
I'd like to congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant programme tonight about women's plight in Afghanistan. I have been following Rawa's plight in Afghanistan from yourselves, from the programme 'Under the veil' previously. Well done for again (& I think this is necessary to be done rather than 'Jim Davidson' so called 'comedy' programmes) to educate all people in the UK about women's plight in Afghanistan.
I have just watched Silent Scream and feel horrified that the plight of women in this country is no further forward whoever is in charge. Please keep making programmes like this to raise the consciousness of free people throughout this country and hopefully the world in the hope that one day we might do something to help them.
May I congratulate you on the content of this evening's Correspondent. The plight of the Afghan women was impartially portrayed and provided much food for thought. The Doctor was both eloquent and outspoken in her views. Equally so the American lady provided an interesting perspective on the American 'malaise'. Let us have a follow up soon before 'we' forget RAWA and their like in Afghanistan.
As always Correspondent has produced a wonderfully fascinating program which offers a different opinion to the one we are spoon fed in the mainstream
press. I only have one complaint - why is it that far too many of the
intelligent people in this country seem to work for the BBC and far too few
for the Foreign Office?
I watched some of your programme on women in Afghanistan, I thought it was really helpful, why didn't you publicise this programme, I missed half because I didn't know it was on. I am currently writing a development communication campaign for the empowerment of women in Afghanistan, i really wished I'd seen more of the programme. I think you should re-show it, it covers some important issues and people in Britain should be aware of them.
Having seen some of the above-mentioned programme, I would be interested to
know which countries in the West are contributing to the amount of 2 billion
to be invested in the rebuilding of Afghanistan which was destroyed by
American and England in the post September 11, 2001 attacks.
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