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Afghanistan Women

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."

Sediqa Balkhi: 'He Said I Would Die If I Went to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are a number of challenges, including a weak and dependent economy created because the promises of the international community have not been upheld, the lack of proper state planning to build infrastructure and the large-scale population exodus to other countries."

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.

Hussain Fakhri: 'The Acts We See as 'Violations,' They See as Exercising Their Rights'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are major problems concerning the government, both regarding leadership and its administrative structure. The government is facing massive obstacles. One look at the justice and judicial system is enough to reveal the extent of the catastrophe."

Fawzia Koofi: 'I Am Afraid to See the World and Its Progress From Behind a Chador Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"As women, we ourselves have accepted that men must always be present at high levels of decision-making and decide for us. Traditionally, we have lived in families where the father has had the final say. We have lived in a society where a man has always spoken the final word."

Malek Setiz: 'We Must Move With the Times'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Structural violence has deprived women of opportunities to flourish and participate in society. By this, I mean that violence is intertwined with the structure of the system and the society. It originates from above and is imposed on women."

Malika Suraya Afghanyar: 'We Want to Work, to Think, to Walk, to Be Present, to Speak'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The biggest challenge is moral corruption. Nearly 90 percent of the people have moral problems."

Awtar Singh Khalsa: 'They Gave the Hindus and Sikhs a place for rubbish disposal as a Place to Live'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Basically, I believe that humanity is important, not religion. If humanity is the base, then religion will prosper by itself."

To Hengama Anwari: '10 Years Is Only a Drop in the Ocean That Is the Process of Changing a Society'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"In order to have a healthy and discrimination-free society, we must first prepare the ground for both women and men to grow and be empowered, and to work collaboratively with each other for societal development. Doing this requires a significant shift and reorientation in prevailing ways of thinking, and the breaking up of traditions."

Mujib Mehrdad: 'My Sisters Are No Different to My Brothers'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I should differentiate between the private and public spheres. Generally speaking, we Afghans award our wives, sisters, and mothers some kind of relative freedom in our private sphere. However, as soon as they leave the house, they lose all their freedoms and come under scrutiny and control."

Horia Mosadiq: 'He Said He Would Kill Me If He Ever Saw Me Going to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

A special budget should be allocated by the Ministry of Finance to advance women's rights, including their right to education, health and employment and the proper use of those resources. At present, there is a gender budget at the Ministry, but it is never used to advance activities related to women.

Abdul Hafiz Mansoor: 'I Assure You the Taliban Will Never Return'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."

Sahraa Karimi: 'The Taste of Freedom Is a Powerful Antidote to Oppression'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."

Dr. Ramazan Bashardost: 'Our Leaders Push Their People Over the Cliff'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our people are immobilized: I have seen people barely flinch while someone is beheaded in front of them. The Afghan people have had their willpower stolen from them; the society has become numb."

Dr Alema: 'We Need a National Campaign Against Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Schools are still being closed to girls today. They throw acid on girls, poison the water containers in girls' schools, and distribute clandestine newsletters mobilizing against families of the students and teachers. These are all indirect ways of closing the schools to girls."

Wahid Ghassemi: 'I Belong to the Land Called Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The terrible events that women suffer every day in Afghanistan demonstrate that women do not enjoy their human rights in this society."

Batul Moradi: 'A Little Light Is Better Than Absolute Darkness'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"After our divorce, my husband denied that he was the father of our children and publicly denounced me as an adulteress. This is an extremely serious allegation in Afghanistan."