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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...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Afghan women lose political power as fears grow for the future
A legal requirement that women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elected officials was quietly removed by conservative male parliamentarians, officials said, the latest in a series of decisions undermining advances in women's rights in...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Afghanistan: The World’s Most Vulnerable Mayor
The first woman to run an Afghan city stars in a moving new documentary. But once NATO leaves next year, the Taliban will surely crack down on women like her. (Read article at: The Daily Beast)
Monday, February 25, 2013
Afghanistan: Afghan female governor breaks new ground
Saira Shakeeb Sadat wants her district, Khwaja Dukoh, to change. Surrounded by mud walls, the dusty hamlet in the remote northern Afghan province of Jawzjan is home to about 5,000 families. The isolation means security is good here, but little aid...
Monday, December 10, 2012
Afghanistan: The Forum on Women, Peace & Security in Afghanistan
The Forum on Women, Peace and Security in Afghanistan, 4-6 December 2012, jointly supported by the N-Peace Network and the Research Institute for Women, Peace and Security (RIWPS), was attended by women Members of Parliament and more than 80 women...
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,...

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