Obama’s lack of overt attention to Afghan women has led many to fear their hard-fought gains will slip away as the United States hands off security responsibility to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with ever-present Taliban leaders still holding sway in much of the countryside.
Educating girls is such an important step in empowering them. We’re saddened to hear about the dangers girls in Afghanistan face to get this basic right, and applaud their bravery in continuing to pursue an education in such dangerous conditions.
An Afghan family in Østerbro, Denmark, trapped their daughter for three days so she could be forcibly married off to her cousin in Afghanistan. The three members involved in the crime are the woman’s mother, father and brother.
President Hamid Karzai’s Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. Women’s rights advocates are concerned women’s rights are being sacrificed in the process. Among the rules: Women should not travel without a male guardian and women should not mingle with strange men in places like schools, markets or offices. Beating one’s wife is prohibited only if there is no “Shariah-compliant reason,” it said, referring to the principles of Islamic law. “The clerics’ council of Afghanistan did not put any limitations on women,” Karzai said, adding: “It is the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans.”
In Afghanistan, many Afghan women fear their newfound rights could be jeopardized.
At Ghazi Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan girls punch their way to equality.
Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Gulnaz’s plight has found international attention because of a dispute between the European Union and a team of documentary makers hired to report on women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Afghan gunmen burst into a family home – where they poured acid over the father, his wife and their three daughters – because they stopped their eldest from marrying an ageing warlord.
There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.