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  • December 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child marriage, honour killings rampant in Afghanistan: UN
    PAN: Afghan women and girls continue to have their rights trampled due to harmful traditional practices in all communities throughout the country, the United Nations said on Thursday. Releasing a 56-page report, the UNAMA human rights director told a news conference in Kabul that child and forced marriage, giving away girls to settle disputes, exchange marriages and honour killings were occurring in different parts of the country.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Women remain prisoners
    IRIN: Over 80 percent of Afghan women, particularly in rural areas, are illiterate and have very little or no awareness about their human rights, including the right to a fair trial, according to aid agencies. For a woman to refer a case to the police or a prosecutor is widely believed to be pointless, as allegations are not usually taken seriously, properly recorded or acted upon. “Ultimately, authorities are not willing, or are not in a position, to provide women at risk with any form of protection to ensure their safety,” said the UNAMA report.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Burning Desperation: Why Did You Burn Yourself?
    The New York Times: “Why did you burn yourself?” asks the doctor. “If I threw myself from a building, I’d break an arm or a leg, but I wanted to die,” Halima answers. “That’s why I set myself on fire. I thought I would die instantly.” As an answer it is more how than why, but it is enough for Dr. Arif Jalali, the senior surgeon ...      Full news...

  • November 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women continue to suffer despite the West
    The Age: THE plight of women in Afghanistan is no excuse for Western “occupation” of the country, a leading Afghan opponent of the war and former MP has declared. Malalai Joya - the youngest woman elected to the Afghanistan Parliament, in 2004, who then faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of tribal warlords - said the image of Afghan women was being unfairly used to justify the foreign presence.      Full news...

  • November 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls’ school burned down in Afghanistan
    CNN: Armed men burned down a girls’ primary school in eastern Afghanistan Monday night, an act that also destroyed hundreds of Qurans, a government official said Tuesday. Ministry of Education spokesman Asif Nang tells CNN that the Sangar girls’ primary school, located in the Alengar district of Laghman province, was destroyed.      Full news...

  • November 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out
    The New York Times: Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a horrifying escape: from poverty, from forced marriages, from the abuse and despondency that can be the fate of Afghan women.      Full news...

  • October 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Struggles Are A Way Of Life For Afghan Women
    Sky News: It is an extraordinary meeting. There is me on one side of the room and an array of women all piled on top of an Afghan bed on the other. They look at me. I mean really look at me. I am probably one of the few Westerners they have ever seen, maybe the only one. Then the questions come. “Are you married? Do you have any children? Have you any boys? Have you thought of becoming a Muslim? Why do you leave your children? How old are you?”      Full news...

  • October 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill woman accused of murdering mother-in-law
    BBC News: A woman accused of murdering her mother-in-law has been killed by Taliban in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, local officials say. The mother-in-law was pushed into a bread oven by two of her daughters-in-law after a spat on Monday, they say. The incident took place in the remote Abe Band district, 60km (37 miles) east of the provincial capital Ghazni City.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What the military won’t talk about
    The Montreal Gazette: This month, more than four years after she became the first Canadian servicewoman to die in combat, Captain Nichola Goddard is back in the news. Goddard, who was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2006, was killed in a battle with the Taliban on May 17, 2006, two weeks after her 26th birthday. Before she died, she wrote to her husband about a culture of oppressive sexual harassment and assault at her camp in Afghanistan...      Full news...

  • September 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Desperation drives abused Afghan women to death by fire
    AFP: In the refined, cultured and historic Afghan city of Herat, 67 young women have been admitted to the main hospital this year after setting themselves on fire. Halima is the most recent. She arrived earlier this month with third-degree burns to 30 percent of her body after dousing herself in diesel oil and setting it alight during a family argument.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Limited progress on maternal health
    IRIN: Almost a decade of donor funded health projects has resulted in a marginal reduction in maternal and child mortality, according to new estimates set out in a UN report on maternal health. Maternal deaths have fallen from 1,600 per 100,000 live births in 2001 to 1,400 in 2010, still the second highest in the world.      Full news...

  • August 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Is Time’s Aisha Story Fake?
    The Huffington Post: In July this year, Time magazine published on its cover page the photo of an Afghan woman whose nose was cut off; the title bellowed: “What happens if we leave Afghanistan.” According to the Time story, the woman, identified as Aisha, had run away, after which a Taliban court ordered her nose and ears mutilated in the southern Uruzgan province.      Full news...

  • August 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. occupation increases violence against Afghan women
    Workers World: The Aug. 9 Time magazine featured a shocking cover photo: a portrait of an Afghan woman named Aisha whose nose had been cut off, allegedly by the Taliban, for resisting abusive in-laws. Time used this picture to build support for U.S. troops as a “last line of defense” that will not “abandon” Afghan women against an advancing Taliban. None of this was true.      Full news...

  • August 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan man, woman “stoned to death” over love affair
    Dawn News: A man and woman have been stoned to death in northern Afghanistan after being accused by the Taliban of having an affair, a witness and an official said Monday. The 23-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were killed because “they had an affair,” said Mohammad Ayob, the governor of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province.      Full news...

  • August 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Time” exploits victim to promote war
    Green Left: The cover of the August 9 edition edition of Time magazine featured a shocking picture of Bibi Aisha, a young woman whose nose and ears had been cut off. The photo was accompanied by the headline: “What happens if we leave Afghanistan”. However, what happened to Aisha took place in Afghanistan under Western occupation.      Full news...

  • August 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Liberating” the Women of Afghanistan
    Dissident Voice: Time magazine must be experiencing a severe case of amnesia, judging by the cover of this week’s issue which asks, “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan .” At best, this effort by Time is irresponsible slick journalism; at worst, it is one of the most blatant pieces of pro-war propaganda seen in years.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Hang a 47-year Old Woman
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Armed Taliban hung a 47-year old woman in the Qaadis District of Badghis Province. This was reported to PAN by Mullah Muhammad Yousuf, one of the local commanders of the Taliban in the Qaadis Khordak area of Badghis Province, this morning (August 8th). He said that the woman named Baidi Sanam, resident of the Qaadis Khordak in Qaadis District, was hung for the crime of getting pregnant.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Between the Bomb and the Burqa
    t r u t h o u t : Her voice was thick with passion as she argued for ending violence against fellow Afghan women, but the men didn't listen. Instead they hurled insults at her; they called her a prostitute and a traitor to her religion. The stubborn men's insults were abusive and frustrating, but it had been worse for other women in her position. They were threatened and hunted down. Some of them were killed.      Full news...

  • August 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Don’t exploit women to justify war, says Afghan activist
    RFI: The war in Afghanistan is not going well for the US and its allies, as the recent WikiLeaks revelations have shown. So should US President Barack Obama keep his commitment to start withdrawal next year? Some American media are asking if that means leaving Afghan women to the mercies of the Taliban. One Afghan woman activist tells RFI that she is suspicious of such claims.      Full news...

  • August 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan girl is back
    The Dawn Blog: While Sharbat Gul’s eyes powerfully transfixed the world from the cover of National Geographic in 1985, Aisha’s ordeal depicted on the cover of Time this week fixates our attention on where her nose would be. The metaphoric pain in the eyes has given way to the figurative – in this case, the disfigurative.      Full news...

  • July 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2300 Women and Girls Commit Suicide in Afghanistan Each Year
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): A recent research in Afghanistan shows that the number of women committing suicide in the country has been increasing. Faiz Mohammad Kakkar, the advisor of the president of Afghanistan in healthcare matters who took part in this research said that the reason for 90% of the suicides were acute depression or mental illnesses.      Full news...

  • July 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban publicly flog couple for having illicit relations
    PAN: The Taliban militant publicly flogged a man and a woman on the charge of having illicit relations in the southern province of Ghazni, an eyewitness said on Tuesday. Watched by a number of people, the flogging happened in the Khuzayee area of Moqur district on Sunday. "The militants knocked them down and awarded each of them 60 lashes," an eyewitness, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • July 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women in northern Afghanistan face Taliban revival
    AFP: Women living in Afghanistan's safest region are retreating behind the veil amid fears they are being stalked by a resurgent Taliban determined to trample their rights. Human rights groups are concerned that plans by the Afghan government to make peace with the Taliban could lead to an erosion of women's liberties. But as attacks escalate across the previously peaceful north, and the insurgency's footprint expands, women are losing confidence that their hard-won rights are inviolable.      Full news...

  • July 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Leave your job or we will cut your head off your body...”
    The Independent: Women in Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan say they are once again being threatened, attacked and forced out of jobs and education as fears rise that their rights will be sacrificed as part of any deal with insurgents to end the war in Afghanistan. Women have reported attacks and received letters warning of violence if they continue to work or even contact radio stations to request songs.      Full news...

  • July 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban War on Women Continues
    The Wall Street Journal: Beware Taliban revisionism. You’re going to hear much more of it in the coming months as policy makers from Kabul to Washington seeking to reintegrate Taliban fighters try to explain why the enemy isn’t so bad after all. Bombs that slaughter civilians, acid attacks that disfigure school girls, assassinations of women in public life-all of this will be swept under the carpet.      Full news...

  • July 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women Set Themselves On Fire To Escape Abusive Marriages
    Care2.com: An article from Time poignantly describes the conditions inside the women's ward of the Istiqlal Hospital burn unit in Kabul, where young women who have attempted to commit suicide by self-immolation lie unconscious or in serious pain. According to the Ministry of Women's Affairs, 103 women who set themselves on fire between March 2009 and March 2010...      Full news...

  • July 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan love story with a happy ending
    The Independent: Samia is a rape victim, but now it's the morning of her wedding. By late afternoon, she will be married in a private ceremony in Karte Se, Kabul. One of the 150 guests at this extraordinary marriage ceremony will be the activist and suspended MP Malalai Joya: Samia's handsome husband-to-be, Faramarz, has been one of Ms Joya's bodyguards for more than four years.      Full news...

  • July 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women barred from venturing out of homes
    PAN: Clerics in northern Badakhshan province Wednesday issued a resolution, asking women to refrain from venturing out of home without an immediate male relative. The resolution was issued by members of the provincial ulema council members, who met in the Juram district two weeks after unidentified gunmen shot dead two women allegedly involved in prostitution.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    14 killed in Afghanistan attacks
    AFP: Nine civilians, including four women and three children, died when a bomb ripped through a minibus travelling along the main road leading to the capital of Kandahar province. Eight other civilians were wounded in the attack, which took place in the Maywand area, provincial government spokesman Zalmai Ayobi said.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Abuse drives some Afghan women to suicide
    IWPR: Only someone living in Afghanistan would consider Iran a bastion of freedom and independence for women. But authorities here say such a perception may be what's behind a soaring number of suicides in this western province. Once exposed to Iran's relatively more sophisticated society, women who return to Afghanistan are unable to survive in this restrictive society.      Full news...



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