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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
US House Approves Afghanistan Aid Bill With Provisions For Afghan Women and Girls
The US House of Representatives voted 406 to 10 yesterday to pass an omnibus bill that will provide security and economic assistance to Afghanistan and will limit funds given to warlords in high-level offices. The bill includes the major provisions...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: New Party to Focus on Women's Rights
Nazari, an Afghan parliamentarian, is the driving force behind the country's first political party dedicated to women's rights and issues. She launched National Need on February 19 at a ceremony in Kabul, saying the party hopes to put women's...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Reinstate Malalai Joya in Parliament
Suspension of Female MP One Year Ago Is Setback for Democracy.One year after her illegal suspension, the Afghan parliament should reinstate Malalai Joya to office, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 21, 2007, the lower house of the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: New Law Rolls Back Rights for Afghan Women
Hamid Karzai has been accused of trying to win votes in Afghanistan's presidential election by backing a law the UN says legalises rape within marriage and bans wives from stepping outside their homes without their husbands' permission. A...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan Women's Protest 'Stoned' by Conservatives
Afghan women protesting against a law said to legalise marital rape have been pelted with stones by conservative opponents in Kabul. The group of up to 300 women faced a barrage of abuse and small stones from a counter demonstration up to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan Woman’s Rights Advocate Suraya Pakzad among TIME’s 2009 Top 100 People
The international news magazine praised Ms. Pakzad, who founded the Voice of Women Organization (VWO) and works in close cooperation with UNIFEM Afghanistan, for her courageous and tireless work in providing Afghan women with shelter,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Potential Voting Fraud Concern for Afghan Women
As Afghanistan approaches their August presidential election, the potential for voter fraud that infringes on women's rights is gaining visibility. Women have been registering to vote in suspiciously high levels in regions of the country where women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghan Women Train for the Trail
Women community leaders receiving education in effective campaign tactics will train more than 100 female candidates for Provincial Council in the run-up to the August 20 elections. Of the nearly 3200 candidates running for Provincial Councils...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan Women Candidates Campaign in Burqas
Sima Matin’s burqa limits her vision. It gives her migraines. Now it’s causing another problem: It’s hiding her from the voters she hopes will elect her in next month’s provincial election.For women running for office in one of the world’s...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Malalai Joya: The Woman Who Will Not Be Silenced
Enraged by Taliban oppression Malalai Joya became a women’s rights activist, and after the US-led invasion, took on the new regime as an MP. But speaking out has come at a cost. She tells Johann Hari why death threats won’t stop her exposing ugly...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan women on the campaign trail
When Farzana Barekzai and her small band of female campaigners knock at the home of Ahmadin Pahlawan, he greets them and points to a poster of President Hamid Karzai above the door to assure them: His vote isn't changing. For more...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: UN: End Abuse of Afghan Women
"Violence against women exists in every continent, every country and every culture, and Afghanistan makes no exception, but the problem here in Afghanistan is that most of the cases remain unreported due to the severe restrictions women face...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Passes Controversial Law Limiting Women's Rights
A controversial bill that Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised to review before implementing quietly became law last month, allowing police to enforce language that stipulates a wife's sexual duties and restricts a woman's ability to leave...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
AFGHANISTAN: Gov’t and Donors Fail to Protect Women’s Rights
"Eight years after the fall of the Taliban, and the establishment of the [Hamid] Karzai government, Afghan women continue to be among the worst off in the world. Their situation is dismal in every area, including in health, education,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Karzai Overturns Law that Reserves Seats for Women MPs
President Karzai has given his election cronies the authority to find new ways of filling women’s seats in forthcoming parliamentary ballots, in a move that critics fear will erode constitutional safeguards designed to guarantee female MPs....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Attack on Female Politician Highlights Growing Risk to Women
The shooting of a female Afghan politician on Monday demonstrates the fragility of the modest gains made by Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban, Amnesty International said on Thursday. Nida Khyani, a female Provincial Council member, was...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan & Bangladesh: Gains, Setbacks for Women's Equality in Afghanistan, Bangladesh
This week marked the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In two South Asian countries, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, women seeking equality have seen some surprising gains despite ongoing setbacks. VOA's Sarah Williams spoke with...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Asia: South Asian Women Caught Between Tradition and Modernity
Part of an ongoing series about women and the challenges they face across the world. South Asian women lag behind men in literacy, workforce participation, reproductive rights and most other areas. Yet the region’s array of female leaders put...

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