Women

  • Woman on lead

    She could not have imagined that one day she would become a famous medical doctor and a renowned rights activist when in a sunny April day her father took her on rear rack of his Indian bicycle to enroll her in a primary school. “My father took me to the…

  • Afghan women, Taliban and peace talks

    Afghan women will protest if their demands are not taken into consideration at peace negotiating table, says Masouda Karokhi, a female MP who represents Herat in the parliament. With US-Taliban peace settlement is expected to resume, women rights activists in the western Herat city voice concerns over consequences of a…

  • Invisible facts; Afghan women are subject to violence and torture

    She pretends as if she is sick and she is a cunning woman are those bitter words that make her feel the pain even deeper. The pain that makes Laila burst into tears. Her illness and weak body makes her suffer, but nobody believes she is sick. Her family members…

  • Majority of Afghan girls are out of schools

    A new survey suggests that majority of Afghan girls are dropping out of schools long before they complete 12 grade. Many Afghan parents force their girls to leave schools before they graduate high school.   Findings by the Women and Children Rights Research Institute show 60% of Afghan girls do…

  • Stigma and shame; myths surrounding menstruation

    “Despite being comfortable at home with my family members, I couldn’t disclose the fact that I am menstruating. For many years, I had to continue pretending to pray and take fast during my menstruation. This made me weak both physically and mentally. This only stopped only after I entered to…

  • Ghor: Increase in brutal cases of violence against women

    Two women have recently been killed in a brutal way in the central Ghor province, says MP Roqia Nayel who represents the province in the Afghan parliament. According to her, a woman was tied to a horse, and killed after receiving a death sentence in a Kangaroo court held in…

  • Patience and resistance; a beacon glimmering hope for Afghan widow

    “It has been twenty years since Hedayat is gone. He left me alone with five children”, says the 48-year-old Laili. Tall and strong, she is one of the many Afghan women who has lost her husband during Afghan civil war. In a sunny fall day, Ms. Laili allowed me to…

  • 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:…

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