A group of youth campaigners from Hertfordshire and Essex High School Amnesty Group came to the embassy to deliver a petition supporting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan to Dr. Yaar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London.
On Monday 17th February, seven students representing the Hertfordshire and Essex High School Amnesty group travelled to the Embassy of Afghanistan in London to hand in the petition for the recognition and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan.
The seven representatives consisted of Amelia Gladstone, Emily Day, Katherine Harding, Robyn Sharman, Angela Stockman, Naomi White and Imogene Whitely. The Group had also arranged the AmnesTea event at their school that involved turning the school’s hall into a temporary tearoom, which provided students of the school the opportunity to purchase tea and cake, the profits from which were donated to Amnesty international, as well as the opportunity to sign petitions concerning Afghan women’s rights. One such petition involved students drawing an outline of their hand on a large piece of fabric and writing their name within the outline in brightly coloured pens, bringing a highly personal touch to the campaign. The banner was handed to H.E. Dr. Yaar Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London on Monday 17 February 2014.
The group delivered a petition to the Ambassador with the following text:
“ We believe that Women Human Rights defenders are among the most active agents for positive changes in Afghanistan but are subject to frequent intimidation and attacks at the hand of members of the government and armed groups such as the Taliban.
We ask that attacks and threats on Women Human Rights defenders are swiftly and fully investigated. We call upon you to implement the Elimination of Violence against Women law, which protects and promotes women’s human rights.
We hope you take our requests into consideration.
The Hertfordshire and Essex High School Amnesty Youth Group