Jane Fonda, "White Lotus" star Connie Britton and "Rent" actor Rosario Dawson are adding their names to a push for nations around the world to "refuse to recognize a Taliban government" in Afghanistan because of its treatment of girls and women.
The performers are among those participating in an online day of action Wednesday held by the One Billion Rising campaign, which calls on supporters to "rise for and with the women of Afghanistan" via social media posts.
On Sept. 25, outdoor events are encouraged throughout the country in an effort to show "global solidarity" with Afghan women.
A site promoting the campaign calls on governments, as well as the United Nations Security Council, to "refuse to recognize a Taliban government, which has no legitimacy beyond the brutal force it commands, and which terrorizes the people of Afghanistan, girls and women in particular."
Signees of the organizational effort — which also include actors Emma Thompson and Glenn Close and singer Annie Lennox, among others — also say that they support ending "imperialism, militarism, fascism and religious fundamentalism."
The campaign expresses support for cutting the Pentagon's budget, and calls for "women and men, human rights defenders, journalists, police officers, public employees, athletes, and LGBTI+ who wish to leave the country" to be "ensured safe passage" out of Afghanistan.
Other countries should "welcome refugees, with the US and their allies assuming the responsibility of financing the cost of resettling displaced people from Afghanistan," the campaign states.
"We believe the women of Afghanistan have the right to education, to travel, to freedom of movement, to jobs, to security, just having freedom to be able to breathe and be. We cannot underestimate the power of our solidarity at this moment," the site says.
"None of us are free until the women of Afghanistan are free."
The rallying cry comes amid widespread concern that the Taliban — which seized power of Afghanistan two weeks ago — will return to its brutal treatment of women and girls that was commonplace when the militant group previously ruled the country.
The Taliban has reportedly said it will respect advancements made in women’s rights, but only in accordance with a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Speaking after the last U.S. military plane left Afghanistan on Monday, Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Nearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells Congress Syria's challenge to Tony Blinken's conscience MORE said the militant group has to prove that it is capable of governing.
“The Taliban seeks international legitimacy and support. Our message is, any legitimacy and any support will have to be earned,” Blinken said.