March 31, 2009 (40th Parliament, 2nd Session)

NDP

Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, there is disturbing news from Afghanistan today that laws passed by the Karzai government will make women even more vulnerable. Afghan women's groups and the UN say these new laws restrict a woman's right to leave her home, permit child marriage and, most disturbingly, legalize rape.
The government claims that protecting Afghan women is at the heart of our combat mission, yet with these laws women have never had it so bad.
Will the government, in no uncertain terms, let President Karzai know that this is totally unacceptable?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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