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Friday, February 07, 2014
Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding. If signed by President Hamid Karzai, the proposed change to the Afghan criminal code...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Report from SIGAR: Challenges to Securing Afghan Women’s Gains in a Post-2014 Environment
The situation for women during the Taliban regime contrasted sharply with that observed in earlier periods, particularly the era of the Soviet occupation (1979-89). During the Soviet occupation, Afghan Communist party leaders ran the country and...
Monday, February 03, 2014
Afghan Youth Debates: Women's Limited Role in Politics Under Threat
Efforts to boost the participation of women in Afghan politics are in serious jeopardy, an IWPR debate has heard. Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), said that attitudes towards female members of...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Afghan female politician in hiding: 'No one respects women in our country'
Noorzia Atmar never wanted to leave Afghanistan. Not even after the beatings, knife attacks and bitter divorce; not even when her ex-husband turned up at her new workplace with a gun and sent thugs to the shelter where she had sought refuge. Only...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Women in South Asia: Looking back at 2013, and ahead to 2014
Swarna Rajagopalan takes a look at the events that shaped women's rights and gender issues in South Asia in the last year, and what changes and developments we might see in the new year. 2013 witnessed a new awareness about sexual and gender-...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Fawzia Koofi, the female politician who wants to lead Afghanistan
Though disallowed from the 2014 presidential race, Fawzia Koofi is optimistic about her political career in Afghanistan. Yet it is not clear what will happen to the state of women's rights before the next one. Afghanistan remains one of the most...
Monday, December 16, 2013
Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Interview with Anita Haidary
Anita Haidary is an Afghan women's rights activist and co-founder of Young Women for Change (YWC), a non-governmental organization aiming to empower and improve the lives of women in Afghanistan. She is now studying Film Studies at an American...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Women prepare for historic elections in Afghanistan
In the last presidential elections, women voters and MPs faced persecution, death threats and violence. With 2014’s elections drawing near, NATO Channel speaks to female MPs who discuss the real issues facing female voters. Women’s rights have come...
Monday, December 02, 2013
More women must vote in Afghan poll - rights activist
Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters being murdered and to safeguard transparency, Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar said on Tuesday. “If one or two...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
John Kerry: "Afghan women on the march"
By John Kerry On my many trips to Afghanistan as a senator and as secretary of state, I’ve met with a remarkable array of Afghan government officials, businesses people, development experts, diplomats, brave American troops and their courageous...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hillary Clinton: ‘Turning point’ for Afghan women
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry and former First Lady Laura Bush on Friday said that as elections near in Afghanistan and U.S. troops continue to draw down, America must remain committed to the country during what they called a...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Female Voter Registration Lags in Helmand, Afghanistan
Getting Afghan women voter cards has proven a challenge for the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which has made female turnout a top priority this election cycle, but southern Helmand province is said to be an especially challenging...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Women and Natural Resources Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential
Giving women access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals is essential to ensure war-torn countries can achieve long-term peace, according to a United Nations report releasedtoday. “At a practical level, women...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Afghan women vow to participate in elections
Hundreds of Paktia Province women October 23 rallied in Gardez to announce their intentions to actively participate in the upcoming elections next year. "We will be voting for the candidates who could help us achieve our rights," civil society...
Monday, October 14, 2013
Women And Conflict In Afghanistan
Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum. In its latest report, Women and Conflict in Afghanistan, the International...
Friday, September 20, 2013
Spate of Attacks on High-profile Afghan Women
Analysts say a spate of attacks on high-profile Afghan women has heightened fears that the limited gains for women’s rights will be reversed after NATO forces withdraw next year. Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, who represents the southern province of Kandahar...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
As Election Nears in Afghanistan, Women’s Political Participation Is Critical
Last May, Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament quietly removed an electoral law that stipulated that a quarter of all provincial council seats should be allotted to women. When women politicians found out nearly a month later, they fought to have...
Monday, September 02, 2013
Shot Afghan female senator to return to politics
In Afghanistan, a female politician who escaped an assassination attempt in the south of the country says she fully intends to return to work. Senator Rooh Gul Khirzard, speaking from her hospital bed where she has been recovering from multiple...

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