Following an international outcry, Afghanistans' President Hamid Karzai has agreed to revise a law allowing marital rape, and requiring women to seek the permission of their husbands before venturing out of their homes.
British PM Gordon Brown apparently lead the international condemnation of the law, saying "I phoned the president immediately about this because anybody who looks at Afghanistan will be worried if we are going to see laws brought in that discriminate against women and put women at risk."
It's a pleasant surprise to see Brown state unequivocally that women's welfare is an issue of human rights. He also stated it was unacceptable that British soldiers might die in defence of an oppressive regime, reminiscent of the Taliban. Fair enough - but lets hope the international community's commitment to women will be consistent and far reaching, beyond what is merely politically expedient.