AFGHANISTAN: Woman police officer survives violent assassination attempt

AFGHANISTAN: Woman police officer survives violent assassination attempt

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, Afghanistan, SOUTHERN ASIA: Following a concerted push to bring more women into positions as police officers in Afghanistan, another act of violence against top women security officers has occurred in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of the southern Helmand province today (Sunday). Only a few months ago following the killing of […]

AFGHANISTAN: As international scrutiny wanes new edicts restrict women

AFGHANISTAN: As international scrutiny wanes new edicts restrict women

WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: One of Afghanistan’s top religious figures has defended a series of religious decrees that observers warn could further erode women’s rights in the country. The eight-article fatwa was issued by a local ulema, or religious council, in the district of Deh Salah in the northern province of Baghlan […]

EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Going in what numerous human rights organizations say is a ‘giant step backwards’, the Lower Afghan Parliament, known as the Wolesi Jirga, has been debating the reversal of a protective law called the EVAW – Elimination Against Violence Women Law. This Law was officially endorsed by Afghan President […]

AFGHANISTAN: 74 girl students rushed to hospital after noxious gas poisoning

AFGHANISTAN: 74 girl students rushed to hospital after noxious gas poisoning

Dylan Welch – WNN Breaking (WNN/AN) Taluqan, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan’s far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday, April 21, 2013. While instances of poisoning are sometimes later found to be false alarms, there have been numerous […]

UN voices ‘Serious concern’ over deaths of Afghan children and woman

UN voices ‘Serious concern’ over deaths of Afghan children and woman

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: The United Nations today voiced “serious concern” over the deaths of at least 10 Afghan children and a woman, and injuries to seven others in an armed clash during a joint Afghan-NATO operation against the Taliban in eastern Kunar province. According to published reports the children and the […]

Afghan women write to find peace and freedom in Kabul

Afghan women write to find peace and freedom in Kabul

Faiza Elmasry – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN: In the virtual space created by The Afghan Women’s Writing Project ( AWWP), women have the freedom to write about whatever they want and they can receive mentoring by a volunteer team of teachers and authors. Zahra A., who is in her 20s, is excited about telling her […]

Afghanistan prison murder points to alleged honor violence

Afghanistan prison murder points to alleged honor violence

Bashir Ahmad Ghazali and Frud Bezhan – WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Samangan, AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan prisoner serving 20 years for murdering his in-laws is now suspected of strangling his young bride during a conjugal visit. Din Mohammad, who is serving his sentence at a prison in the northern Samangan Province, is accused by police of killing his wife when […]

AFGHANISTAN: Accelerated ‘lawlessness’ endangers more Afghan women

AFGHANISTAN: Accelerated ‘lawlessness’ endangers more Afghan women

Heather Barr – WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: In Afghanistan, this year’s observance of International Human Rights Day, December 10, began with the murder of a rights advocate. An unknown gunman shot and killed Najia Sediqi, acting head of the Afghan government’s Department of Women’s Affairs in the eastern province of Laghman, as […]