Women

  • AIHRC calls on rights group to stand against virginity test

    Every year, dozens of young women around Afghanistan are tested if they are virgin. Many Afghans respect it as cultural honor. Some believe virginity is sign of virtue for young unmarried women.   Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) called on country’s judicial organizations and Afghanistan Forensic Medicine Center to…

  • Maliha Hassan is in critical condition in prison

    Former female commissioner of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Maliha Hassan, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment on September 03, is in critical health condition in prison, according to her close relative, Elyas Hassan. According to sources close to Ms. Hassan, she is suffering from diabetes and high blood…

  • Homeless women, Afghanistan’s most vulnerable group

    In early 2012, Meena, then 21, was forced by her father to marry off a 51-year-old man, who already had two wives—each having three and four children. In the absence of their husband, the two wives beat up Meena out of sheer hatred. Meena underwent different types of domestic violence:…

  • Afghan women express apprehension over peace with Taliban

    As the US reached “at the threshold of an agreement” with the Taliban after ninth round of peace talks between the US’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation- Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the militant group in Doha, vulnerable Afghans, particularly women, have become increasingly concerned about the consequences of such…

  • Afghan saleswomen extend businesses in public places

    In the last couple of years Afghan women have increasingly occupied businesses in major cities.  The number of saleswomen and female shop owners have recently increased in malls, business centers, and markets around Kabul city. Many of them are educated and determined to continue their businesses. They run shops which…

  • Taliban killed his fiancée, he founded a library

    Najiba Bahar

    To pay a tribute to kind and hardworking spirit of Ms. Bahar, her family members found Najiba Bahar Foundation in Nili, the capital of Daikundi province. Faiza Salehi, 18-year-old high school student in remote Daikundi province of Afghanistan, was thirsty of reading books. She longed to read novels, short stories…

  • Kabul to host fifth edition of Herat International Women’s Film Festival

    Kabul is set to host the fifth edition of the “International Women’s Film Festival – Herat” for four days between August 26-29 in which 47 films selected among 200 films already submitted for consideration, will be screened during the festival. The Secretariat of the 5th edition of the International Women’s…

  • Woman raped by local police officials in Bamyan

    A young woman was raped by two local police officials inside the guest house of the provincial police department on Monday, a local official confirmed to Etilaat-e-Roz. Spokesperson for Bamyan police chief, Mohammad Reza Yousufi, told Etilaat-e-Roz on Wednesday that the officials had already escaped to Kabul after raping the…

  • Ghani assures women rights in peace deal

    A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that in a meeting with women rights activists President Ghani, pointing to the ongoing peace efforts, assured that he would not accept any deal harming the women rights. President Ghani, while talking to women rights activists in Kabul, said that laws, which…

  • How did female principal transform a high school in Afghanistan?

    Lailuma Khaliqyar, who is a female principal in an all-girl high school in northern Parvan province, has come a long way to change locals’ attitudes toward her job.   Almost all students of Um-Salma High School in the northern Parvan province were least enthusiastic to continue and graduate high school…

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