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  • September 13, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PressGazette.co.uk: Award-winning journalist Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks to Colin Crummy about her latest film charting the experiences of women in AfghanistanSix years after Hardcash Productions' Beneath The Veil, which examined the plight of women in Afghanistan, broadcast journalist Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy returned to the country. The resulting film, Afghan?istan – Lifting The Veil, offers a bleak insight into life in the country post-Taliban rule, as Obaid Chinoy meets women forced into marriage and living in poverty, but desperate to escape.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Ottawa Citizen: It's a growing debate: Six years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, as 9/11's anniversary falls for the first time on a Tuesday -- the day of the week it happened -- how much tribute is too much? How much is enough, and how much is not enough? In an indirect and yet profound way, tonight's season finale of PBS's Wide Angle provides the perfect answer.      Full news...


  • September 2, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Sunday voiced concern over the predicament of women prisoners in Afghanistan. Dr. Shukria Nuri, head of the UNODC, told a day-long conference on the issue that women were held in Afghan jails in inappropriate conditions that were contrary to the concept of human rights and other international norms.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Thirty one-year-old Benazir - not her real name - was 12 when she was wedded to a 24-year-old man in Shinwaar District of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. Benazir has been sold four times by men whom she considers her husbands - in a formally proscribed tradition known as women selling. She told IRIN of her extraordinary experiences.      Full news...

  • August 23, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Guardian: The family of a 7-year-old Afghan girl raped by two men has come forward to demand justice, defying social customs that view such attacks as a stain on the victim's honor. Two months after the rape, the girl is still in pain, rarely speaks and looks no one in the eye.      Full news...

  • August 21, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Jamila - not her real name - was 14 when she was married to Habibullah, 31, a match arranged by her father. Habibullah left her just three months into their marriage to go and work in Iran and has not reappeared in 10 years. Jamila now lives with her in-laws but feels cheated as she cannot get remarried and has not sought a divorce because of the social stigma attached to such a move. She feels trapped: "I have no future," she said.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: Because of difference forms of violence against women and girls, the number of women escaping home has gone up in Parwan province. Sayed Qasim Hashimi, director of Women Affairs Human Rights Branch in Parwan, told Pajhwok that last year only 10 incidents of escape of girls from their homes were registered but from the beginning of this year in almost 6 months, 29 cases had been registers with us.      Full news...

  • August 11, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    OhmyNews: Decades of civil and social upheaval has intensified traditional social pressures on Afghan women who were already suffering at the hands of poverty and decadent social traditions. All this was coupled by the economic dislocation of a large section of Afghanistan society. In such a situation, Afghan women found an easy escape in suicides. The trend of suicide, which started in the early years of this decade, is now practiced by desperate Afghan women throughout most parts of Afghanistan.      Full news...




  • July 29, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: 'The last day she came to the school, instead of answering the questions, in her Chemistry exam paper she wrote that she would never come to school again', says Frohar about the late Farida. A student of class tenth at Khadijatulkobra high school, located in the center of Kundoz province, Frohar was class-fellow and best friend of 18 year old Farida who has committed suicide on July 11, 2007.      Full news...

  • July 19, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Flooding, armed conflict and population displacements are factors likely to increase malaria cases in Afghanistan this year, public health officials warn. "In 14 high-risk provinces the number of malaria patients will surpass that of 2006," Abdulwase Ashaa, director of the national anti-malaria department, told IRIN on 19 July in Kabul.      Full news...




  • July 2, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: Fatama's husband left home one night to smuggle drugs from their mud-thatch border village into Iran. The next morning, her brother-in-law gave her the news: Her husband had been killed. Fatama joined hundreds of other bereaved women in Bunyat, known locally as a "widows village" because so many of its men have died during Afghanistan's long wars, or because of a more recent plague _ the highly profitable but dangerous business of opium and heroin smuggling.      Full news...

  • June 30, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Javno.com: I explained to him that I was writing a book about Afghan women. We exchanged a number of stories. During the conversation, his eyes browsed around the landscape which was in front of us. In one moment there was silence. He lit a cigarette and then raised his hand, pointing at something in the distance.      Full news...

  • June 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: Farida Nekzad, editor of Afghanistan's independent news agency Pajhwok, receives death threats on her cell phone during the funeral of a fellow female journalist, Zakia Zaki, who was slain by gunmen earlier in the month.      Full news...



  • June 19, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: LOGAR - On 12 June two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a crowd of female students coming out of high school in the central province of Logar. Three schoolgirls were killed and five wounded. Bilqees' 13-year-old daughter, Shukria, was one of the three killed. The bereaved mother gave IRIN an account of the day her daughter was killed.      Full news...

  • June 17, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report: Afghanistan is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude. Afghan children are trafficked internally and to Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Zimbabwe for commercial sexual exploitation, forced marriage to settle debts or disputes, forced begging, debt bondage, service as child soldiers, or other forms of involuntary servitude.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reuters: Gunmen riding on a motorbike fired at girls outside a school in Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two and wounding six, authorities said. The attack took place in Logar province, south of the capital, Kabul, at the end of the school day. The attackers fled, they said.      Full news...


  • June 7, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Times: The rendezvous is clandestine. A voice on the telephone instructs us to drive to a point beside a dusty highway cutting though the suburbs of Kabul. A dark-blue, four-wheel drive pulls up. Inside, a young gunman checks our identities before ordering us to follow. We drive through alleyways and stop beside the high gates of an anonymous compound.      Full news...

  • June 6, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reuters: KABUL - Unidentified gunmen shot dead an Afghan woman journalist, the second such killing in less than a week, officials said on Wednesday. Zakia Zaki, who also served as headmistress of a school, ran a private radio station partially funded by a Western media group.      Full news...


  • May 29, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Sadaf started consuming opium seven years ago after she could not find any medicine to overcome a headache that had bothered her for weeks. "When I first smoked opium I felt dizzy for a while, but did not have a headache - so I continued," the mother of four told IRIN in the Yamgan District of Afghanistan's northeastern Badakshan province.      Full news...



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