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Afghanistan Women

From Wall Street to the Dirt Roads of Afghanistan

Connie K. Duckworth | Posted 10.06.2012 | Impact
Connie K. Duckworth

I've learned that people everywhere want the same things for their children -- food on the table, good health, a safe environment, an education, good economic prospects, happiness, a better future than that of their parents, and peace.

Car Bomb Kills Regional Head Of Women's Affairs In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

NANGARHAR, Afghanistan, July 13 (Reuters) - A regional head of women's affairs was targeted and killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan's east on Friday...

The Afghan Girl Who Was Raised Like A Boy

Posted 06.08.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan" [Sourcebooks, $15.99] by Zarghuna Kargar: As Bakhtawara...

Tortured Afghan Teen: In-Laws' Sentences 'Not Enough'

Posted 05.09.2012 | World

15-year-old Sahar Gul was rescued from the home of her in-laws after being tortured for months. Last week, she stood before an Afghan court to see her...

150 Schoolgirls Poisoned

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

By Mohammad Hamid KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, April 17 (Reuters) - About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking conta...

Finding a Role for the UN in Afghanistan

Michelle Barsa | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Michelle Barsa

As the debates unfold over whether or not an international mediator might be required to support the Afghan peace talks, many in and out of Afghanistan have considered whether the UN might serve in this capacity.

Dollars & Skills: Women Helping Afghan Women Beat the Taliban

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Several thousand rural, mostly illiterate women are now income-producing entrepreneurs in Afghanistan. Once again, the power of women helping women has turned a war torn territory into a peaceful profit-maker.

What's Good for Solomon Is Baad for the Afghans

Shayna Zamkanei | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Shayna Zamkanei

When talk of "abandoning" so-called baad victims to their fate becomes a way to legitimize NATO's further involvement in Afghanistan, we should be conscious of the way "saving Afghan women" can become yet another trope for imperialism.

No Woman No Country

Marla Mossman | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Marla Mossman


Imprisoned Rape Victim Freed In Afghanistan

Posted 12.14.2011 | World

A woman sentenced to 12 years in prison after being raped by her relative in Afghanistan has been freed, according to CNN. The woman, identified on...

Pardoning a Victim: How Afghanistan Continues to Fail Its Women 10 Years After the Taliban

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 02.04.2012 | World
Ahmad Shuja

Many women hopelessly languish in Afghan jails for moral crimes -- falling in love with a man, eloping, indecency, marrying the man of their choice and, in this case, being raped.

Jailed Afghan Woman Freed But Urged To Marry Rapist | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 12.02.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — When the Afghan government announced Thursday that it would pardon a woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after she repor...

Afghanistan's Secret Weapon

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Abigail E. Disney

Afghanistan should give us something to crow about. It's a place where the secret to a sustainable, effective peace can be found right before our eyes. It's in half the population: Afghan women.

Afghan Young People Key To Their Country's Future

Stephenie Foster | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Stephenie Foster

I just returned from a two week trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I was working on a project focusing on reaching women as voters, candidates and elec...

Land of the Unconquerable: A Textured Portrait of Afghan Women

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Stephenie Foster

The voices of young Afghans and women reflect the reality of what faces them as a country and the determination to make changes than benefit all Afghans. As we continue to debate our role in Afghanistan, it's those young people that I hear, and this book strengthens their voice.

Afghanistan: Taliban Talks Will Betray Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Some observers would have us believe the Taliban have changed their misogynist ideology and deserve another chance in negotiations and power sharing.

An Urgent Call To Action For Women's Rights In Afghanistan

Zainab Salbi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zainab Salbi

The women of Afghanistan are not silent -- they are ignored. By standing together globally, we stand to ensure that it is unacceptable to exclude women from peace talks and for government to ignore the rights of the governed.

UN: Allied Military Gains Not Helping Afghan Women, Delivery Of Aid

Bloomberg | Bill Varner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. and allied military gains in Afghanistan have failed to yield corresponding progress in delivery of humanitarian aid or protection of women from ...

Why Peace Is the Business of Men (But Shouldn't Be): A Modest Proposal for the Immodest Brotherhood of Big Men

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Jones

SCR 1325 calls for women to participate equally at decision-making levels in all processes of peacemaking. But in more than a decade since SCR 1325 was enacted, it has never been put to the test.

Afghan Wives Resort To Horrific Suicide Method

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a hor...

Ann Jones: Afghan Women Have Already Been Abandoned

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I know Bibi Aisha, the young Afghan woman pictured on the August 9 cover of Time, and I rejoice that her mutilated nose and ears are going to be surgi...

TIME Magazine Cover Explains What Happens To Afghan Women If 'We Leave Afghanistan,' But That Tragedy Is Already Occurring

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Time Magazine is out with a new cover story that attempts to explain "What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan." The piece is accompanied by a powerful po...

U.S. Troops Killed Afghan Women, Then Dug Bullets Out Of Their Bodies To Cover It Up

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in ...

Afghan Women Speak Out: Dr. Roshnak Wardak

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jodie Evans

CODEPINK went to Afghanistan to hear what women there think about the push for more troops. And we found they want us to send doctors, teachers, engineers and business leaders, not more soldiers.

Breadwinners In Burqas: Female Entrepreneurs In Afghanistan

wowOwow | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I first came to Kabul in the winter of 2005 to write about a topic considered unlikely by some and outlandish to everyone else: women's entrepreneursh...