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Aziza Khayrandish: "If the price of peace is sacrificing justice... it will be catastrophic for the women of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aziza Khayrandish is a human rights activist and the director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network in Herat. Photo : Mahshid Rasti / Matthi...

Mohammad Farid Hamidi: "Your children are the backbone of a strong and progressive Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

A well-known lawyer in Afghanistan, Mohammad Farid Hamidi is Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, where he has been...

Dr. Habiba Sarabi: "The existence of an independent Afghan identity fills me with joy"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr. Habiba Sarabi is the first and only woman to be appointed a provincial governor in Afghanistan: she served as the Governor of Bamiyan province fro...

Aman Pouyamak: "Everything is on loan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aman Pouyamak is a poet and a writer. He published a clandestine magazine, working in secret with Afghan women during the reign of the Taliban. After ...

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi: "Women have always been the first victims of wars in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi is the Deputy Minister for Women's Affairs, and a Professor in the School of Journalism at Kabul University. She obtained Ma...

Partaw Naderi: "Democracies deal with citizens, not ethnicities"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Partaw Naderi is the one of the only Afghan poets whose work is widely translated into different languages. He writes frequently about democracy, huma...

Shukria Haidar: "I was forced to leave my country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Shukria Haidar is a human rights activist. She sought refuge in France following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and founded NEGAR, an association...

Ahmad Wali Massoud: "Those who look to the past cannot plan our future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Massoud is a prominent Afghan politician and head of the Massoud Foundation. He is the younger brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the well-know...

Azita Rafa't: 'It Was the Day When 10,000 Rockets Hit the City'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Azita Rafa'at is a human and women's rights activist from Badghis province. She was a people's representative in the Emergency Loya Jirga to elect the...

Kaweh Jobran: "Allow me not to wish for my daughter"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Kaweh Jobran is a professor in literature in the State University in Kapisa province and works as a journalist with national and international media b...

Dr Sima Samar: "Human rights have a value now in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr Sima Samar is the current Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. A doctor by training, Samar spent a decade in exile in Pak...

Rahnavard Zaryab: 'We Are Not Free to Think Here'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Rahnavard Zaryab is an influential Afghan writer and scholar. He was imprisoned during the Taraki era in 1978/79. His work has brought him into extens...

Dr Humaira Qaderi: 'When Are You Going to Burn Yourself?'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The dominant masculine interpretations of Islam need re-thinking. Our economic model must be restructured and revised, so that women's labor is fully recognized and supported."

Policewoman, Pregnant Teacher Hanged In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2014 | World

By Sayed Anwar Amani KABUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) - An Afghan policewoman and a pregnant teacher were hanged and their bodies dumped within...

Amanda Terkel

Afghanistan Withdrawal Puts Programs For Women And Girls At Risk | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, it will be increasingly difficult to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars intended f...

John Celock

Foreign Lawmakers Say Congress Should 'Get Their House In Order' | John Celock | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women from four foreign governing bodies said Monday that they think Congress should come together to prevent a government shutdown, whi...

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...

New Program Aims To Empower 75,000 Afghanistan Women

AP | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agency for International Development is launching a program to educate, train and empower at least 75,000 women between th...

Afghan Police Accused Of Widespread Violence Against Women

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

By Miriam Arghandiwal KABUL, June 10 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's human rights commission has accused the police of a significant amount...

Women, Children In Afghanistan Need More Support From US: Experts

TakePart | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact

Last February, on the eve of her departure from the Obama administration, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood before a group of reporter...

Dramatic Rise In Number Of Afghan Women Jailed For 'Moral Crimes'

AP | KAY JOHNSON | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of Afghan women and girls jailed for "moral crimes" has risen dramatically in the past 18 months, raising concer...

Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives

AP | KAY JOHNSON | Posted 07.18.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women's fr...

For Afghan Women, Little Has Changed Since Taliban

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

KABUL -- Lost and alone in a strange city Mariam called the only person she knew, her husband's cousin. She worried he wouldn't help her because she ...

Woman Who Had Her Nose, Ears Cut Off Has Inspiring Message

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.27.2013 | World

At the age of 12, a young Afghan woman known as Aesha Mohammadzai was forced into an abusive marriage with a Taliban fighter. Now, after a horrible...