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Thursday, September 19, 2019
A sustainable peace in Afghanistan needs women at the center
By Jamila Afghani, President of WILPF Afghanistan, After 18 years of United States and its NATO allies in Afghanistan, the country is at a historical crossroads with a peace process that continues to substantially exclude women, and an electoral...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Afghan women demand seat at peace talks but face resistance
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of scalding water on her face and upper body. Her...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Afghan women 'too emotional' for leadership and have enough rights, domestic survey claims
Afghan men strongly oppose giving women more freedom — two in three think they have too much already — and young men are even more reluctant than their elders, according to a new survey released this week. Key points: Out of 2,000 respondents, two-...
Monday, August 22, 2016
Afghan Women Need Support in Building Peace
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people in Kabul in late July, marking the worst attack in Afghanistan in months. With NATO withdrawing from the country and the international community at large...
Monday, February 01, 2016
Afghan women fight for bigger voice in peace process
According to Human Rights Watch, Afghan women have been denied participation in the last 20 rounds of official peace negotiations. The exclusion of women is explained by some to be the result of women’s limited representation in Afghanistan, where...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Afghanistan's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
In July 2015, the government of Afghanistan launched the Afghan National Action Plan for implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Afghanistan’s Success Will Be Measured By Women’s Progress
While we were meeting with women journalists in Afghanistan this past May, another group of Afghan women journalists were in Washington, D.C., meeting with congressional staff members. The overlap was coincidental, but both groups of Afghan women...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Afghanistan’s first ever female cabbie meters out election advice
When Afghan taxi driver Sara Bahai has male passengers in her cab, she takes the chance to lobby them on female rights — and she hopes the country’s next president will also listen to her. Bahai has been driving the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif city...
Monday, April 07, 2014
Afghan women take part in historic elections
Afghan women represented a third of the vote and a historic number of provincial candidates at the weekend's elections. Aid workers say that women are defiant in the progress of democracy and rights, and won't be deterred by violent insurgency. We...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Afghan Women See Hope in the Ballot Box
Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds: At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew up in the United States after her family fled there. She vividly remembers the culture shock of visits...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Afghanistan's 69 women legislators reflect changing times, fight for rights
When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in the all-encompassing burqa. While most women in conservative Afghanistan may still wear the burqa, today's Afghan woman has choices she...
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...
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...
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...
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Afghan Human Rights Leader Sima Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List
Dr. Sima Samar, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), has been named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in South and Central Asia for 2013 by Central and South Asia Business.   We invite our users to read the...
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...
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Place at the Table: Safeguarding Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
Ten years after the start of the western intervention in Afghanistan, Afghan women are facing an uncertain future. Women have strived for and made important gains since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, including in political participation and access...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Afghanistan's pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels
Noor Zia Atmar, a young activist and then one of the country’s first woman MPs, travelled the world with her colleagues to show that things were changing. That was three years ago. Now, she lives in a shelter for battered women, the victim of an...