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Women in Afghanistan

How To Change The World –- One Woman At A Time

Manizha Wafeq | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Manizha Wafeq

When governments, businesses and communities invest in women -- and when they work to eliminate inequalities -- we're all less likely to be plagued by poverty.

Women Are Key to Building Peace in Afghanistan

Quhramaana Kakar | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Quhramaana Kakar

It is important that we understand the connections between women's identities, priorities and contributions in facilitating conflict resolution, reintegration, reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.

As Afghan Girls Become Women, Their Dreams Hang in the Balance

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kieran McConville

Upon puberty, it becomes generally unacceptable for girls to be taught by a man unless women are present. This means that for millions of girls in rural Afghanistan, their entry into womanhood results in their exit from the education system.

Finding Inspiration

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Roberta Gately

While Afghanistan's ethnic and border wars have long shaped its violent and stubborn history, it has unfairly colored the world's view of its citizens as well. But the reality is that the Afghans I know are at once both resilient and graceful, and it was these inspiring qualities I hoped to bring to my novel.

A Quiet Transformation: Afghan Women's Networking Movement

Afghan Institute of Learning | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Afghan Institute of Learning

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgA quiet revolution is taking place in Afghanistan. It is taking place in Learning Centers for women -- centers that have been requested and are supported by the community.

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 ...

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.

The Taliban Attack: Why Women's Issues Are a Top Global Concern

Cynthia Dill | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Will all the advances in freedom that women and girls in Afghanistan have seen since the U.S. involvement be erased when our troops leave? Will there be more innocent victims like Yousafzai? How many more?

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.

No Time to Abandon Afghan Women

David Cortright | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
David Cortright

Afghan women and girls have achieved significant social and economic gains over the last decade. These achievements must be protected as foreign troops begin to withdraw and political negotiations seek to end the war.

The Ghost and the Machine

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan's Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five. His father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer.

Training Afghani Imams to End Violence Against Women

Daisy Khan | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Daisy Khan

Last month, I sent our program manager to Afghanistan to conduct an on-the-ground assessment of our pilot program. I was inspired by the stories she recounted. They painted a far different picture than the tragic stories that I have continually heard.

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.

The West Should Listen To Muslim Women Reformers

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Apart from moral obligations to support reformers, the West shares common interests for their advance with liberal Muslims and progressive Muslim societies.

Simple Solutions Save Women's Lives in Afghanistan

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shannon Galpin

No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss.

Richard Holbrooke: A Steadfast Supporter of Afghan Women

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

While the world feels the loss of a veteran diplomat who loved his work and believed in his nation's promise, it is important to remember the principles for which Richard Holbrooke fought tirelessly.

Poll Shows Support for Afghan Women's Rights - But What Comes Next?

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Support in Afghanistan for women's rights to vote and go to school remains strong at nearly 90 percent, according to a new poll out from ABC News an...

Correcting the Record on Ann Jones

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ann Jones

I must take exception to the unprofessional attack lodged against my integrity by blogger Melissa Roddy on the story of Aisha, the mutilated young Afghan girl pictured on a TIME magazine cover.

Afghan Women and the Media - Is Their Story Being Told?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Currently, 660 women comprise the ranks of the 2,000 media professionals in Afghanistan. In 2000, that number was zero.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj on the Status of Women in Afghanistan (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj accepted the candidacy for President of Afghanistan only to later abandon his bid to favor of Karzai. This endorsement reportedly resulted from Karzai's pledge to help Ali's constituents.

Hairdressing in Helmand

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

The conservative rural rule, beyond urban and multi-ethnic Kabul, does not take kindly to discussing women's rights. Men must be educated about this issue, but how to do it remains a vexing question.

Sakena Yacoobi's Vision for Afghanistan

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Sakena Yacoobi is on a mission to bring education to Afghanistan, a country that has a 70 percent illiteracy rate. Her organization, the Afghan Institute of Learning, seeks to empower women in a troubled society.

Where is the Freedom for Afghan Women?

Charity Tooze | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charity Tooze

While the current U.S. and Afghanistan governments continue to work to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the eight-year-old promise to help relieve the oppression of women and girls has largely gone unmet.

New Afghan Law Allows Shia Men To Deny Their Wives Food For Disobeying Sexual Demands

guardian.co.uk | Jon Boone in Kandahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands...