ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ A women-only park that was closed under Taliban rule and turned into a garbage dump has new life: the Women’s Garden, an 8-acre oasis in this country’s capital, reopened in November after seven months of reconstruction and funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The park gives Afghan women a place where lush trees protect them from the brutal sun and they can distance themselves from the hardships of life and strict Islamic doctrine. Behind its walls, Afghan women find the freedom and empowerment lacking under Islamic or sharia law.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali takes aim at forced marriages in the United States.
- An investigative report reveals that a 1989 "honor" killing in Missouri of a daughter by her parents was caught on tape by the FBI because the father was under surveillance for links to a Jihadist group.
- After speaking out against female genital mutilation, Nimko Ali heard from men who wanted to kill her and lost contact with people whom she considered to be family.
- Members of the British Parliament are launching an investigation as to why no one has been convicted for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) three decades after it was made illegal.
- Police are prioritizing tackling female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Thames Valley (UK), which has been named a high-risk area for the practice.