President Musharraf will be in New York City for the UN summit. The President has been quoted regarding rape victims:
“This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped.”
Pakistan does not have any laws regarding domestic violence, and has several Taliban like laws that are very oppressive to women.
There will be a rally in support of human rights in Pakistan, specifically women’s rights. The unprecedented demonstration, is organized by the Asian-American Network Against Abuse (ANAA) and Amnesty International USA´s NYC Women´s Action Team.
The rally will be this Saturday, September 17, from 12 noon to 3 pm, outside the Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Avenue and East 45th Street.
Trains: 7 to 5th Avenue; 4,5,6,S to 42d-Grand Central; E,V to Lexington (@53d St.); B,D,F,V to 42d St & walk.
Bus M1, M2, M3, M4, M42, M104.
For more information contact: Contact: Ijaz Syed (ANAA): syedi AT sbcglobal.net; 408-838-0952; Jeanne Bergman (AIUSA): wheedle AT earthlink.net; 212-979-7213; cell 917-714-5501.
Update: See Sepia Mutiny’s post on the rally.