August 10, 2020

Women

  • Female cyclists work hard to contest in international race

    She deliberately tries to conceal her gender identity whenever she happens to do shopping in cycling clothing and helmet. Riding bicycle is an easy sport for the 23-year-old Nargis Hakimi but some Afghan men often open mouth to tease her when they find out her on bicycle seat. To avoid…

  • My mother’s most quoted aphorism: “hard work pays off”

    By: Hakima Afzaly Last week, I posted some photos of my mother’s handwriting on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I was surprised at the amount of support and compliments I received, especially in my twitter account. I received praiseworthy comments even from complete strangers. This encouraged me to write a…

  • Taliban shot dead a woman and man in Ghor

    The Taliban have shot dead a woman and man in Ghor province, local officials confirmed. Arif Aber, spokesperson for Ghor governor, told Kabul Now that the accident took place on Monday, April 20, in a Taliban-controlled area in Du Layna district of the province. The man and woman were shot…

  • Violence against women may increase once Taliban are back

    The Taliban era is the darkest era of our history, says the 35-year-old Saeeda who is resident of Helmand province. “I have many bitter memories and experiences of the Taliban era. There was no school, girls were not allowed to attend school. With my young fellow girls, I had to…

  • Letters: “Taliban are not trustworthy”

    By: Meetra Qutb Last week, I watched two disturbing video clips. A video shows a policeman beating a young girl, and another one showing a man beating a woman somewhere in Kabul. The video clips show how deep misogyny and violence against women are in our country. The clips showing…

  • ‘We will not surrender to Taliban ignorance’

    Just few days before the International Women’s Day, 8th of March, the United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban the presence of high level representatives from some regional countries in Doha, capital of Qatar. The militant group denied very basic rights of the women during their rule in…

  • ‘The time has come to close the gender gap in Afghanistan’

    By: TADAMICHI YAMAMOTO KABUL, 5 March 2020 – Gender inequality is the injustice of our age and one of the biggest human rights challenges we face. But gender equality offers solutions to some of the most intractable problems in Afghanistan. Everywhere across Afghanistan, women are worse off than men –…

  • Letters: “We will fight to protect our hard-gained freedom”

    By: Fereshta Abbasi It is not easy to write about the peace deal that has been signed between the Taliban and the US. My recollection about Taliban is disturbing. When I think about a deal with Taliban a gloomy image of my country interrupts my mind: an image that shows…

  • What does AIHRC report say about women in security institutions?

    A new finding by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) shows that Afghan women who serve in ranks of security forces are subject to discrimination, mistreatment and sexual harassment. 2,272 women, who serve in different ranks of Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army Force, and the National Directorate of Security…

  • Lovers who might change stereotypes

    “I love Zahra a lot,” says Naveed Ahmadi, who fell in love with Zahra Saifey, an English teacher. Naveed, an ethnic Tajik from Kabul, says his love affairs with Zahra, who is a Shia Hazara, made him feel that he was no longer alone.  The love journey, which marked in…

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