In what is being promoted as a show of solidarity with Afghan women, Italy is considering temporarily pulling out its female service members from Afghanistan in order to lodge a protest against the Shi'ite Personal Status Law (see http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINL463527820090404?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0). Trofie Wife is not sure that it would make a huge practical difference, but it might be a good move symbolically, particularly if some of the displaced troops held particularly key positions such that their absence would truly affect the civilian situation on the ground (through some well-orchestrated inconveniences) without endangering lives. However, perhaps by leaving women in their crucial field positions (and forcing misogynists to take note), the Italians (and all other members of the Coalition of the Willing, or whatever we're calling it now) will visibly drive home the importance of equal personhood.
Baci e gelato,
Martello e Trofie Wife