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Meg supports the ‘Kite’ initiative

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is supporting an international campaign pressing for women’s rights in Afghanistan. She recently took part in an event in Parliament which brought together a cross-party group of MPs and peers to remind the world not to forget the women in that country.


Meg was interested to see the hundreds of handmade kites designed by campaigners from around the country to show their support for Afghan women. This is because in Afghanistan women and girls make kites but are effectively prevented from actually flying them because of cultural attitudes that make it socially unacceptable. 


The campaign has been organised by ActionAid, UK, Amnesty International UK, CARE UK, GAPS, Womankind Worldwide and Women for Women International. Around 18,000 campaigners have petitioned the UK government to support Afghan women’s rights, with more than 8,000 kites designed.


Meg commented:


“I’m very pleased to support this campaign for the women in Afghanistan. If the human rights of women and girls there are not kept in the centre of peace negotiations it will be a tragedy.”


Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:


“We’d like to see all Parliamentarians supporting this campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan. There is a danger that the rights of Afghan women and girls could be sacrificed in deals with the Taleban as the international community looks for the exit sign in Afghanistan.”


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