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Afghan Women

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 07.06.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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...

John Kerry, Hillary Clinton: Afghanistan Nearing Turning Point

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, say Afghanistan is reaching a turning point that will b...

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...

She Was a Child Bride and She Has Something to Tell Us

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I know I'm supposed to forgive my trespassers. But when called upon to actually forgive, I may be good at "letting go" and "moving on" but does anyone's name ever leave that ledger inside my mind, the one that keeps track of those who have hurt me?

Brave Afghan Women on the Front Lines of Change

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The defeat of the EVAW bill flags how culture trumps faith in many Islamic countries including Afghanistan. I wonder what it is that deters Muslims from taking the right path?

To Be Free Like Malala: The Dreams and Fears of Afghanistan's Teen Girls

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On Saturday, lawmakers in Afghanistan's parliament refused to vote on the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Yet, read any of the poems or stories on the Afghan Women's Writing Project website, and you will be filled with hope.

Writing About Love in Afghanistan

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Why on earth shouldn't we write about love? Honestly, what is more important than than how we honor and treat each other?

Afghan Women Face Grim Future

Ben Barber | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Ben Barber

Offering an escape from the prison of traditional Afghan attitudes towards women would be the most important thing that we could leave behind as we pull out our troops.

Nonprofit Uses Rare Fashion Show To Empower Afghan Women

AP | AMIR SHAH and KIM GAMEL | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan models paraded down a candle-lined catwalk Friday as men and women watched from the audience in a restaurant off a m...

Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women and the Surprising Things I Learned From Them

Peggy Kelsey | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Peggy Kelsey

Around the first anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. media portrayed Afghan women as traumatized, sad, helpless-looking victims. As a photographer who had lived in the Middle East, I saw that I could provide a more complete picture of their lives.

Sitting Down with Olympian Lorrie Fair: Reflections on Afghanistan

Stephenie Foster | Posted 02.02.2013 | Sports
Stephenie Foster

"It takes courage to pick up a soccer ball and play despite the possibility of threats or harm to themselves or their families. They have done just that and they stand together and support each other to be able to play."