Afghan women opt for change through democracy

Afghan women opt for change through democracy

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking Commentary (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As the Saturday April 5 final vote count is yet to come in for the presidential election in Afghanistan, the power of Afghan women who carry a wish for a ‘changed and better’ country has already created change in the form of 1.3 million […]

AFGHANISTAN: "I call this time ‘the era of awareness’"

AFGHANISTAN: "I call this time ‘the era of awareness’"

Dr. Humaira Qaderi for FIDH – WNN Improve It (WNN/FIDH) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: Dr Humaira Qaderi is a writer and women’s rights activist. She was a teenager during the years of the Taliban, when girls were forbidden from going to school and libraries were closed. Qaderi read whatever she could find and attended underground […]

Revised Afghanistan penal code may open door for public stonings

Revised Afghanistan penal code may open door for public stonings

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Afghanistan’s Justice Ministry has proposed reintroducing public stoning for convicted adulterers, possibly restoring a punishment in force during the Taliban’s brutal rule. Human Rights Watch and Afghan officials said Monday the sentence for married adulterers – along with flogging for unmarried offenders – appears in a draft […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Afghanistan woman parliamentarian shares dreams for new nation

Afghanistan woman parliamentarian shares dreams for new nation

Leigh Cuen – WNN Reviews (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN: 37 year old Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan’s first female parliamentary speaker, is currently a leading candidate for the country’s 2014 presidential elections. Her recently published memoir “The Favored Daughter,” is reaching a global audience. It has now been sold in 20 different countries and published in English, French, […]

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

Lisa A. Phillips – WNN Reviews (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: Of the 125 prisoners in Kabul’s Badam Bagh Women’s Prison half are there for what Afghanistan’s calls ‘Moral Crimes’. In the opening scene of “Love Crimes of Kabul,” a documentary premiering on HBO this Monday night, July 11, director Tanaz Eshaghian asks two prison […]