President Hamid Karzai has endorsed an oppressive "code of conduct" that will ban Afghan women from traveling without a male guardian and from mingling with men in public areas such as schools, markets and offices.
The code, developed by the 150 clerics of the Ulema Council, was released with the statement that, "Men are fundamental and women are secondary."
Abuse of one's wife is still prohibited, however, men are given full right to physical assault of their spouse if it with "Shariah-compliant-reason."
Karzai has stated the code does not restrict women's rights but is in keeping with, "the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans."
Afghan women's rights activists have said Karzai is implementing the strictest interpretation of Shariah law and is taking women's right back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
The women of Afghanistan should have full freedom to thrive in independence with full support of their government.
Tell Karzai: Stop the backlash on women's rights in Afghanistan.
We the undersigned urge you to retract your endorsement for the code of conduct developed by the Ulema Council.
The code restricts women's rights and confines them to a position of secondary citizens.
The women of Afghanistan deserve full support from their government to be independent citizens.
We ask you to please reconsider as you are doing your country a extreme injustice by neglecting half of your citizens.
Thank you for taking our comments and concerns into serious consideration.