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  • April 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman stabbed multiple-times, body parts cut off, allegedly by brother-in-law
    PAN: A woman has been found stabbed to death multiple-times and her body’s parts, including lips, cut off allegedly by a brother-in-law in northwestern Jawzjan province, police said on Thursday. The victim, a 23-year-old mother of two children, was mercilessly killed on Wednesday night in Shiberghan, the provincial capital, police chief Col. Syed Zamanuddin Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘To Kill a Sparrow’ shows Afghanistan’s double standard on adultery
    PBS NewsHour: A young Afghan woman named Soheila ran away with a man after her father forced her to marry a 70-year-old. She and her lover were caught after three years and both were jailed for adultery. Soheila tells her story in the documentary “To Kill a Sparrow,” produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The PBS NewsHour will air an excerpt on Friday.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s Rights in War Torn Afghanistan: Pervasive Poverty, Oppression and Abuse
    Global Research: Afghanistan has been called “the worst place in the world to be a woman,”1 because not only is the poverty pervasive and the lifespan short, but while they are alive many women live like serfs. Afghan students at the private school for girls where I work in Kabul recently produced a series of essays in which they describe the social norms for women in their country.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets
    Slate Magazine (blog): A few years ago, award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold learned the story of Zarmina, a young girl in Afghanistan who had regularly phoned a radio hotline for women who wanted to share poems called “landays.” Landays are couplets expressing laments, jokes, and frustrations; they are forbidden to many Afghan women because they imply dishonor and free will.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Number of slain women rises to 32 in Jawzjan province
    PAN: A woman was gunned down by her in-laws in Jawzjan, taking the number of women killed in the northern province this solar year to 32, police said on Sunday. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the 21-year-old married woman had been shot to death with a hunting rifle in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother-child mortality rate surges in Afghan province
    PAN: A number of people in some districts of the central Baghlan province complained about dramatic surge in mother-child mortality rate because of lack of female nurses and doctors. The Jolga district of the province had no female doctor but Borka, Pul-i-Hesar, Talah-o-Barfak and Guzargah-i-Noor districts had one or two female nurses and doctors who used to discharge their duties only day time.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Legalized Spousal Abuse Is Coming to Afghanistan
    The Daily Beast: Nelosar was 15 years old when she was married off to a man more than twice her age. When she told her father she did not want to marry and wanted to continue her education instead, he replied that he would kill her if she didn’t comply. She entered into the marriage, but was ruthlessly beaten by her in-laws and her husband. “I never loved him, but I had to stay,” Nelosar (not her real name) says.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten to death by husband
    RAWA News: Bulbul Bismillah, who lived in Bangi in Takhar province, was killed by her husband on January 30, 2014. Her sister gave the details of her death and marriage, “She was 25 years old and had been married for two years. She had one child. We had not been in contact with her for a while because her husband did not allow anyone to visit them. We bought them gifts and cloths but her husband returned them...      Full news...

  • February 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shocking Law: Wife beating, honour killing to be legalised in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called “honour” killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse. The small but significant change to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 women killed, teenage bride hanged
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a woman and a girl in Kunduz while a bride was found hanged in central Daikundi province, officials said on Tuesday. Armed men stormed a house last night, leaving a woman and a girl dead in the Chehl Dukhtaran area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, police said.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s rights in Afghanistan worsen in 2013: report
    NBC News: Women’s rights in Afghanistan have regressed in the past year, increasing worry about what the future holds, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday. As the country faces a large-scale troop withdrawal by the end of 2014, the organization expressed concern that, “with international interest in Afghanistan rapidly waning, opponents of women’s rights seized the opportunity to begin rolling back the progress made since the end of Taliban rule.”      Full news...

  • January 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Husband axes wife to death
    PAN: An outraged husband axed his wife to death and injured four others in northern Takhar province, officials said Thursday. Abdul Khalil Aseer, provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Habibullah killed his wife Naz Bibi last evening who had an exchange marriage. He said the sister of Habibullah was killed by her husband five years ago, which prompted Habibullah to kill his own wife.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to “protect women”? Really? As an Afghan woman, I find the propaganda line used by the Yankees and the Brits that they must stay in Afghanistan to “protect the wimmins” to be particularly breathtaking in its pathological audacity. We know they’re really there for the oil and gas pipelines, the rare-earth minerals and the opium, so please, spare us this BS!      Full news...

  • January 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman shot dead in northern province, bringing toll of slain women to 14
    PAN: A woman was shot dead in the Asqalan area of Kunduz City, raising the number of slain females to 14 in a year in the northern province, officials said Monday. Sayed Hussain Sarwari, the police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the killer of the 35 years old woman was yet to be identified. But her husband disappeared after the overnight incident.      Full news...

  • January 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man guns down wife, injures 2 others
    PAN: Police have arrested a man who allegedly shot dead his wife and injured two other women as a result of domestic violence in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Saturday. The man opened fire at his spouse on Friday night in Maimana, the provincial capital, killing her and wounding two other women of his family, the police chief said.      Full news...

  • December 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pregnant teacher, policewoman hanged in Afghanistan
    Reuters: An Afghan policewoman and a pregnant teacher were hanged and their bodies dumped within a few kilometres of a foreign military base recently handed over to Afghan control, officials said on Thursday. The two women, policewoman and mother of two Feroza and teacher Malalai - like many in Afghanistan the pair use only one name - were kidnapped on Monday in the conservative southern province of Uruzgan...      Full news...

  • December 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two tales of brutality to women in Afghanistan
    BBC News: Women’s rights may have moved up the agenda in Afghanistan over the last decade, but violence against women has increased sharply, rights groups say. Two recent cases of brutality have shocked the nation, as the BBC’s Mahfouz Zubaide and Yo Haniewicz in Kabul report. Readers may find some of the details in these accounts distressing.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman axed to death in Badghis
    PAN: A woman was axed to death by her husband in an attack driven by domestic violence in the Aab Kamari district of northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Tuesday. The governor’s spokesman, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the assailant, Habibullah, escaped after killing his spouse. Police had not been able to arrest him because the area was insecure, he said.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man cuts wife’s nose and lips
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Officials in Afghanistan’s western Herat province have said that a man cut his wife’s nose and lips with a knife. Sami Wafa, the governor’s spokesman told BBC that the incident had occurred in Injil district near central Herat.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Another teenage girl gang raped
    PAN: A group of unidentified gunmen gang raped a teenage girl after kidnapping her from home in Doshi district of the northern Baghlan province, the victim’s father wishing not to be named said. Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, her father said unidentified gunmen stormed his home in Kelgi area of the district last night and abducted her 15-year old daughter who said the kidnapper freed her daughter next morning.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shining light on crimes against women
    The Killid Group: Ahead of World Human Rights Day, Dec 10, Killid reports the state of human rights continues to be sobering in Afghanistan despite some small gains made by activists this year. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has calculated a shocking 24 percent rise in human rights abuse compared to 2012. There is a rise in the graph of violence against women, murder of civilians by foreign troops, air attacks, and sexual aggression.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two women found hanged from tree, naked
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Local officials of Logar province in south eastern Afghanistan say they have found two female corpses. Din Mohammad Darwesh, the spokesperson of the Logar governor told BBC that yesterday, November 27, the bodies of two women were found hanged from a tree in the Baraki Barak district of this province.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Husband slaughters wife in Afghan province
    PAN: As the world marked the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, a man slaughtered his wife in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday. The 25 years old, after two years of her marriage with the man, was strangulated on Sunday night in Khwaja Sabzposh district, the town’s administrative head, Abdullah Masoomi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Proposal to Restore Stoning for Adultery
    Human Rights Watch: The Afghan government should immediately reject a proposal to restore stoning as punishment for adultery. A working group led by the Justice Ministry that is assisting in drafting a new penal code has proposed provisions on “moral crimes” involving sex outside of marriage that call for stoning.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: On April 22, 2013, complying with the verdict of his village’s mullahs, a father publicly executed his daughter in Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Badghis. The young mother’s alleged crime: running away with a male cousin while her husband was in Iran. This case, among many others, shows that the Afghan state has failed to protect women from violence.      Full news...

  • October 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Stark, beautiful - and a danger to mothers
    BBC News: Who would ever wish to be pregnant in a place with that kind of danger? But Afghan women living in the remote northern province of Badakhshan have had no other choice. In 2009 we travelled to the villages with the worst ever recorded rate of women dying in childbirth.      Full news...

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