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President receives women judges, lawyers and MPs from Afghanistan

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has received a group of women, attorneys, judges and MPs from Afghanistan at the presidential mansion on Tuesday.

“Greece’s response to requests for hosting vulnerable Afghani refugees was immediate,” she noted, “and it highlighted the significance it attaches to the humanitarian aspect of the migration crisis, in a spirit of solidarity.”

26 female judges and attorneys and their families arrived in Athens from Tbilisi on October 1, partly with the intervention of the Greek president. MPs had arrived in late September.

They are housed with the support of the International Organisation for Migration while awaiting relocation.

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  1. A perfect opportunity for the visitors to drop the oppressive head gear and embrace the cultures of the country’s their hoping to settle in , perhaps it could work ,you never know , or gettoise yourself and create a new version of where you have just come from ,a tried and trusted formula.

    • An ignoramus by any other name…
      I’m going to take a guess and say you’re a white male and know very little of oppression and are just parroting the words of every other boring bigot out there.
      Firstly, these are women who have fled an oppressive regime. They have made great strides since that regime was previously in power; they educated themselves and improved their status to become doctors, lawyers, judges, professors, etc. Others come from war-torn countries. It was not their first choice to leave their homes and go live amongst ignorant people, but surely, they have no desire to make their new home like their old.
      Secondly, it sounds like you have a lot of experience with others coming and changing your country. Has the country you live in changed its official language to Arabic or Pashto maybe? Is the call to prayer played throughout the city 5 times a day? Is your wife forced to wear a hijab? Unless you’re indigenous, I’m thinking no one came and imposed their language, religion, or customs on you.
      Thirdly, you want to talk oppression – where do you think most of the world’s femicides happen? I’ll give you a hint – women in these countries don’t typically choose to wear hijabs because they’re Christian majority; they’re subject to the most severe form of oppression but at least they’re not wearing that oppressive head-covering!
      Maybe they want to integrate but the place to which they moved is so intolerant that the local people refer to religious head-coverings that they choose to wear as “oppressive head gear”.

      • Souls

        In absolute terms, the region with the highest number of femicides by partners and family members is Asia, which had an estimated 20,000 gender-based killings at the time of the latest UN report, followed by Africa (with 19,000), the Americas (8,000), and Europe (3,000).
        That’s the murders that are reported ,in some Islamic countries honour killing is not included in femicide statistics.
        Fact checked.

        • Fact not checked. To use entire continents as your subset for that kind of data is absurd, but anyway…
          “Based on this World Health Organization list, the countries where femicide occurs most often are El Salvador, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, South Africa, Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana and Mexico.” My data was in rates of total femicide (# out of 100k); your data was in numbers killed by partners or family members.
          “The number of victims is only one way of looking at the toll that intimate partner/family-related homicide takes on women. Looking at the homicide rate per 100,000 female population offers a different perspective. For example, in absolute numbers, the largest number of women killed by an intimate partner or family member in 2017 was in Asia (20,000), by far the most populous of the five regions. However, at 3.1 per 100,000 female population, the highest rate of intimate partner/family-related homicide was in Africa. Thus, while fewer women are killed by their intimate partner or family members in Africa than in Asia, women are actually at a higher risk of being killed by their intimate partner or family members in Africa. Women are also most at risk of being killed by their intimate partners (not including other family members) in Africa (1.7 per 100,000 female population) and the Americas (1.2), while they are least at risk in Oceania (0.9), Europe (0.6) and Asia (0.5).”

          Not to mention, oppression is not defined only by husbands and fathers killing their wives or daughters. That is why I included ALL femicide. Oppression is not having access to education or opportunities because of your gender. Oppression is being objectified and being seen as the property of men. Oppression is being unable to walk down the street alone in fear of being raped or killed. Oppression is so much more than a damn headscarf or number of women killed by their partners, as if there’s no machismo in the “other” femicides. There is a societal flaw that needs to be addressed and hiding behind a certain demographic pretending it only exists in their regions is not solving anything.

          • Correct oppression is predominant in countries that have societies based on religion created by men for men or the betterment of men .when you have an opportunity to leave thus places you break the shackles not perpetuate the myths .

        • Soula
          It transpires your fictional country full of wife killing Christians may not exist. Apart from Central America , ravished by drug fuelled lunatics and Catholicism .
          Speaks volumes another hotbed of religious oppression .