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Afghan Women

Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voice In Battle For Equality

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.07.2016 | World

Regular electricity outages and insecurity have not dented Afghanistan’s addiction to the internet and social media. In a country considered one of ...

My Weekend In Kabul

Stephenie Foster | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Stephenie Foster

Most of my weekends are spent doing errands, exercising, watching movies, visiting with friends and catching up on sleep.

Dreams of Taking Flight: The Afghan Beekeeper's Story

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
The George W. Bush Institute

Imagine a world in which a woman keeps bees in secret. She is not supposed to leave her house without permission, she is not supposed to work, and she is certainly not supposed to work as a beekeeper, a job reserved for men. But she does. And when she watches her bees take flight, she dreams of her own freedom and freedom for all Afghan women.

"A Determined Struggle Always Has the Chance of Victory:" One Man's Efforts to Educate Afghan Girls

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 04.20.2016 | Women
The George W. Bush Institute

Afghanistan has always been a patriarchal society. Some Afghan women still need a male relative's permission to pursue an education, to work, or to tr...

Brave Women Are Challenging The Sexist Media Industry In Afghanistan. Here's How.

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.30.2016 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The departures hall of Hamid Karzai International Airport is a curious melange of people and goods: foreign security contractors...

Dear Laura Bush, This Is Not The Way To Help Oppressed Women

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former first lady Laura Bush is offering a case study in how not to promote an excellent cause. Bush is doing the media rounds to push a...

Afghan Site Blacks Out Photos To Highlight Women Forced To Hide In Fear

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact

A UN agency in Afghanistan made a bold statement on International Women's Day by blacking out all of the photos on its website and replacing them with...

Some Afghan Women And Girls Still Subjected To 'Degrading' Virginity Tests

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.01.2016 | World

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes are often forced to endure invasive and scientifically questionable "virgin...

Meet The Afghan Woman Who Refuses To Stay Silent After Her Husband Cut Off Her Nose

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- Reza Gul will never forget her wedding day. She was forcibly handed off to a complete stranger in exchange for just ove...

Rock the Kasbah Co-opts Stereotypes to Reveal Truths

Fariba Nawa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Fariba Nawa

At first glance, Rock the Kasbah seems like the typical Hollywood movie depicting Muslims: turbaned men on horseback, a girl who needs an American's help to succeed, and bombs blowing up when the plot slows in the movie. However, you would be ill-advised to pass quick judgment.

The Passerine Project: Bridging Brooklyn and Afghanistan Through Song

Pam Stucky | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Pam Stucky

It's easy to take for granted the things we've never been without. If we have two healthy legs, we don't think about what it means to be able to run and walk and jump. If our lungs work well, we don't give a second thought to being able to breathe.

Afghanistan's Kangaroo Court Reverses Killers' Sentences

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 07.03.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

An appeal court in Kabul, Afghanistan reversed the death sentences of the killers of Farkhunda, a young woman who was murdered by a mob in plain daylight in downtown Kabul.

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.30.2016 | Books
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives, and do so in English, the best place to go since 2009 has been the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) online magazine.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

Moving the Needle Forward on Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Melanne Verveer | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Melanne Verveer

Afghanistan has changed significantly since the fall of the Taliban, and the ways in which Afghans view themselves and their country continue to evolve.

Tolerance for Women and Girls in Afghanistan, Not Silence

Maryam Zar | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Maryam Zar

Shukria Barakzai -- Afghan feminist leader, member of parliament, and outspoken politician who was critical of Taliban -- was targeted for assassination this week. She survived. But three bystanders, including a young girl, did not. Shukria was hunted to be silenced because she had a voice.

Where Are the Afghan Women?

Mahbouba Seraj | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Mahbouba Seraj

Now, nearing the end of the fourth month of the slow-rolling wreck of this "democratic" Afghan presidential election, we Afghan women have lost our ability to speak. This is not what we women have worked for or voted for or dreamed of, and if we could raise our voices once again, we would not call this "democracy."

Can Disaster Be Averted for the Women of Afghanistan?

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

There is a potential catastrophe looming when foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as the central government could well sacrifice women and girls in future negotiations with the Taliban.

Afghan Law 'Lets Women Batterers Off The Hook'

Posted 02.06.2014 | World

A new law approved by the Afghan parliament could have catastrophic implications for women in the country as it would silence victims of domestic viol...

UN Decries 'Slow, Uneven' Use Of Law Protecting Afghan Women

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact

By Dylan Welch KABUL, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Afghanistan is failing to use a law designed to protect women from violence in a country regul...

Girls' Schools in Afghanistan Wonder 'What Tomorrow Brings'

Beth Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Beth Murphy

Their desire for education is palpable. The support from parents -- mothers and fathers --to educate their daughters is real. And the learning that is happening? That is the greatest hope for the future of all.

The Girls of Our Wildest Imagination

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

"I am a woman with a wild imagination/puppets and clowns won't steal my will/because my imagination is full of peace." - from "My Wild Imagination" by...

Dealing on Her Name, Dealing on Her Life: Afghan Women in Their Own Words

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

They've been warned. They've been told no one will listen, no one will love them if they speak up about what hurts. They've been told they'll be shu...

WATCH: Air Force Captains Do Something Beautiful To Help Afghan Women

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact

A group of big-hearted Air Force captains aren't just serving others through military service; they are reaching new heights in helping others with a ...

UN: Afghan Women's Rights At Risk In Peace Process

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact

* U.N. body warns of possible set-back to women's rights * Calls for women to have meaningful role in peace talks * Incr...