Religion is being used in Afghanistan to deny women their rights

Religion is being used in Afghanistan to deny women their rights

Spogmay Waziri Kakar – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/PWV) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Even though the vast majority of Afghanistan’s population professes to be the followers of Islam, women are not given their rights that Islam guarantees them. Mostly, women are mistreated in Afghanistan due to the traditions that undermine the basic human rights of women. […]

Afghan women need protection to reach election polls, says Dr. Sima Simar

Afghan women need protection to reach election polls, says Dr. Sima Simar

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters from being murdered and to safeguard transparency, Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar said on Tuesday. “If one or two […]

U.K. government puts money in to invest strongly in Afghanistan’s women

U.K. government puts money in to invest strongly in Afghanistan’s women

WNN Breaking (WNN) London, England, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE: Offering new funding that is hoping to increase the involvement of Afghan women in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan, the U.K. is providing $30.11 million (USD) to help boost women’s involvement in Afghanistan’s political process . This funding is also hoping to help provide women local counselors […]

Afghan women continue to be side-lined after 12 years of war

Afghan women continue to be side-lined after 12 years of war

Daisy Sindelar for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Northern Afghanistan, CENTRAL ASIA: For her latest book, “The World Is a Carpet,” Russian-born, U.S.-based journalist Anna Badkhen spent a year in a tiny village in northern Afghanistan to watch impoverished Turkmen women weave carpets that would go on to be sold for a small […]

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Amina Zia Massoud – WNN Features WNN – Women News Network Afghan correspondent Amina Zia Massoud outlines her ‘insider perspective’ covering the negative effects of change that might come to the country if a more ‘Talibanized’ region is part of Afghanistan’s imminent future. How are women’s advocates inside Afghanistan feeling as the time for U.S. […]

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: The Afghan government should take urgent steps to halt an alarming increase in women and girls imprisoned for “moral crimes,” Human Rights Watch said on Monday, May 21, 2013.  Commitments by senior government officials to end such abuses have had little practical impact. Statistics from Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry […]

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 […]