Anna Soubry supports campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan

In the run up to the Bonn Conference on December 5th Anna Soubry MP took part in an all party event in Parliament to make sure negotiations for peace in Afghanistan recognise and strengthen women’s rights in the country.

The campaign – led by ActionAid UK, Amnesty International UK, CARE UK, GAPS, Womankind Worldwide and Women for Women International – has seen 18,000 campaigners petition the UK government to support Afghan women’s rights, with more than 8,000 kites designed.

Campaigners are using the kite symbol  because although Afghan women and girls make kites,  cultural attitudes prevent females from flying kites.

Anna Soubry said:

“This is an important campaign which I’m very pleased to support. The human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan must be part and parcel of the peace negotiations and I will be following up on this issue with the Foreign Secretary William Hague at the earliest opportunity.”

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

“We’d like to see all Parliamentarians supporting this campaign for women rights in Afghanistan.

“There is a clear and present 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.

“Numerous MPs have been vocal on the subject of Afghan women’s rights during the past decade. Now’s the time for them to stand up and be counted.”

The campaign will use photographs of MP’s pledging their support at the Bonn Conference.