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  • January 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman stoned to death in north Afghanistan
    BBC News: The man and woman were accused of adultery in the district of Dashte Archi in Kunduz province last August. Hundreds of people attended the stoning but no-one was charged. The area is still under Taliban control. After viewing the footage, regional police chief Gen Daoud Daoud said those responsible could be recognised.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Abuse stifles the potential of Afghan women
    MediaGlobal: Although a number of laws have been put in place to improve the lives of Afghan women, there are still significant obstacles to overcome; the road to independence appears to be a long and challenging one. Many women are turning to suicide in order to escape the violence they face. Afghanistan is the only country in the world where suicide rates of women outnumber those of men.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women Bemoan Rights Pledges
    IWPR: They sit patiently in the lobby of the directorate of women’s rights at the women’s ministry, their sad, bruised faces testimony to the years of ill-treatment and beatings they have been forced to endure. One of the women, Marina, 20, told this IWPR reporter that her family married her off when she was 14 to a drug-addict twice her age.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fake feminism NATO-style
    New Euorope: Back in 2002, the Indian writer Arundhati Roy brilliantly satirised the official excuses for the invasion of Afghanistan . “It’s being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas,” she said. “We are being asked to believe that the US marines are actually on a feminist mission.”      Full news...

  • January 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fleeing Violent Husbands Puts Afghan Women in Jail
    Time: Gul Bibi pulls back her light blue scarf to reveal faded tribal tattoos and sad, almond eyes. She has not seen any of her three children, or any other family members, in the five months she has languished in prison. Her “crime”: running away from a husband who viciously beat her throughout their nine-year marriage, which was arranged by her parents when she was 16 to end a land dispute.      Full news...

  • December 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Simple Solutions Save Women’s Lives in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: You would think there would be more of an uproar in a country with the highest maternal death rates. No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss. It's not just the women either, lest you callously chalk it up to the inevitable argument over women's oppression in a country like Afghanistan...      Full news...

  • December 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Risky road to hospital
    IRIN: At 4am, Abdul Malek and his pregnant wife were in a rented car heading to Boost Hospital in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand Province. The couple decided to leave their home in the Sangeen District as early as possible to avoid roadblocks by pro-government forces or being seen by anti-government forces.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women face abuse for fleeing forced marriages
    IWPR: While the world may have been shocked by the image of a 20-year-old woman simply known as Aisha who had her nose and ears cut off by her father-in-law after fleeing her violent Taliban husband, Zaiba understood the risk she faced when she ran away from home to escape an arranged marriage in order to wed the man she loved.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mothers – the hidden addicts of Afghanistan
    The Independent: Mariana lies on her bed in the Sanga Amaj clinic in Kabul. She shares a small ward with 12 women enrolled in the clinic's 45-day residential drug rehabilitation programme. At 22, she is five months pregnant with her fourth child. Her one-year-old son lies in a separate room of the clinic. He is also addicted to opium.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds demand justice in war-blighted Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: Several hundred demonstrators, some holding photographs of victims of three decades of war, shouted for justice and peace .... In recognition of International Human Rights Day, about 300 people participated in a demonstration in the capital, Kabul, organized by the Social Association of Afghan Justice Seekers.      Full news...

  • 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...

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