Targeted violence against female public officials, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, according to a global survey by Reuters.
Their heads shrouded for correctness and hands gloved for hygiene, the women at the New Idea processing plant go about their daily routine of cleaning and packaging fruit and vegetables.
Judicial and law enforcement officials are so far implementing sporadically the two-year-old law supporting the equality and rights of Afghan women, and the Government has not yet succeeded in applying the law to the vast majority of cases of violence against women, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a report released today.
On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, a new 3rt October 2011 Oxfam report on progress for Afghan women shows steady advances for Afghan women since October 2001. But recent data shows women’s personal safety, opportunity and human rights inside the nation are beginning to erode back to conditions that existed previously.
Millions of girls have entered school in Afghanistan, since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. It is one of the few good news stories of the last nine years. However, the deteriorating security situation and the international community’s focus on stabilization and counter-insurgency rather than on long-term development means this good news story is in danger of turning bad. A new approach from both the Afghan government and donors is urgently required to hold onto the gains that have been made.
'Fragile states' such as Afghanistan, above, need to recruit a huge number of midwives if they are to reduce maternal mortality rates.
The Afghan Air Force can now count on Afghan women to help defend their country alongside their male compatriots, a significant milestone and an inspiration to women, considering how women’s rights in Afghanistan were so brutally restricted under Taliban rule just ten years ago.
Indeed, Afghanistan is a country where life remains challenging, for women and girls, in particular.
Nazifa is typical of millions of Afghan girls. She was forced to drop out of school as a teenager when the Taliban came to power and began to close down girls’ schools. For three years, she attended classes in secret and dreamed of the day she would be able to resume her education. Now 20, she is hoping to graduate this year and move on to college.
Until very recently, it was common in Nadir Shah Kot to give a girl away as reparation to avenge a crime. The family of a murderer would marry off a daughter to the victim’s brother or son. It was believed, that in this way, harmony could be restored in the community.
KHOSHKAK, Afghanistan — Villagers in a tiny mountain hamlet in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley saw a remarkable thing recently -- a group of women putting on skis.
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