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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Can Afghan women benefit from local or national law strategies?

Can Afghan women benefit from local or national law strategies?

Mark Tran – WNN Justice (WNN/GDN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Afghanistan’s constitution and domestic laws offer extensive protection to women, yet abuse of Afghan women from domestic violence, sexual harassment and rape to trafficking of women and children and “honour killings” is pervasive. Even where violations of the 2009 law on the elimination of violence […]