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9/20/2000 - France Hosts Diplomatic Talks With Brutal Taliban Regime
In a rare move in France diplomacy, senior French officials invited Taliban officials to diplomatic talks in Paris last week....

9/20/2000 - UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....

9/7/2000 - Extremist Group Threatens To Shoot Women Government Workers
The Pakistan-based extremist militia, Lashker-e-Toiba, issued a death threat on Thursday to 22,000 government workers in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir if they participated in a statewide census....

8/25/2000 - Smeal and Leno Unveil Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan unveiled a Back to School Campaign - a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women and girls under the Taliban, which has banned them from attending schools, working or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....

8/24/2000 - Smeal and Leno Unveil Back To School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundations Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan today unveiled a Back to School Campaign a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women under the Taliban, which has banned women and girls from attending schools, working, or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....

8/24/2000 - Hollywood Joins Feminist Majority Foundation Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Mavis Leno, chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, joined by her husband Jay Leno, the Rugrat's Cheryl Chase, and Boy Meets World's Trina McGee-Davis, together with Katherine Spillar, national coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation, today unveiled a Back to School Campaign....

8/7/2000 - Britain Establishes Initiatives to Support Forced Marriage Victims
In an effort to end forced marriages of British nationals, the British Foreign Office and Home Office have devised a multi-faceted program that will offer support to victims of forced marriage through increased outreach and law enforcement....

8/4/2000 - Pakistan Vows to Continue Supporting Taliban Regime
Pakistans military ruler stated that his government will continue to support the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, claiming that he did not want to antagonize the ethnic population living on either side of the border....

7/25/2000 - Women NGO Workers Fight for Safety in Pakistan
The safety of NGO workers in Peshawar, Pakistan is endangered by Islamic extremists who charge that NGO activities violate the codes of Islam....

7/6/2000 - List of Afghan Refugees Targeted for Criticizing the Taliban Grows
Afghan refugees living in Pakistan face severe consequences if they outwardly criticize the Taliban regime, which has instituted a brutal system of gender apartheid....

6/30/2000 - Afghan Intellectuals Threatened in Pakistan
Amnesty International has reported that Pakistan has recently deported former Kabul University Professor Mohammad Rahim Elham in violation of an agreement between Pakistani government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for joint assessment of Afghan refugee claims prior to deportation....

6/28/2000 - Over 80 Percent Of Repatriated Afghan Refugees Are Women And Children
Under pressure from the Pakistani and Iranian governments, some Afghan refugees are returning to Afghanistan despite deadly drought, threat of renewed fighting and landmines, and denial of basic rights such as education for women and girls....

5/5/2000 - Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns Taliban's Brutal Killing of Woman in Afghanistan and Calls for US Action
The Feminist Majority Foundation condemns the public stoning of a woman to death in Northern Afghanistan by the Taliban militia for allegedly committing adultery and calls for an end to the brutal gender apartheid regime that continues to terrorize the women and girls of Afghanistan....