Afghan women fear rights will erode as U.S. troops leave. Eleven years after the U.S. ousted the Taliban regime, citing its abuses against women as one of the reasons for the invasion, Afghan women—as well as girls—remain subjected to some of the world’s most draconian laws. The U.S.-funded Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai routinely imprisons wives fleeing domestic abuse and puts raped children like Rokhshana in jail.
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In Afghanistan, “honor” killings against women are on the rise, and the government of Hamid Karzai is not doing nearly enough to put a stop to the killings.
Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission has recorded 52 murders of girls and women in the last four months, 42 of which were honour killings, compared to 20 murders for all of last year.
Activists and some lawmakers accuse President Hamid Karzai’s government of selling out to the ultra-conservative Taliban, with whom it seeks peace talks, as most foreign troops prepare to leave the country by the end of 2014.
During their 1996-2001 reign, the Taliban banned women from education, voting and most work, and they were not allowed to leave their homes without permission and a male escort, rights which have been painstakingly won back.
But there are signs the government is backsliding on women’s rights. Earlier this year, Karzai appeared to back recommendations from powerful clerics that stated women are worth less than men and can be beaten.
“Karzai has certainly changed, and women’s issues are no longer a priority for him,” said outspoken female lawmaker Fawzia Koofi.
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.
Afghan President Karzai supports Ulema Council’s Shariah law document, which allows husbands to beat wives and encourages segregation of men and women, forbids women from traveling without male guardian
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.