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Motherland Afghanistan

May 15, 2012


One in seven Afghan women currently dies in childbirth. Motherland Afghanistan introduces the women behind these devastating statistics. Afghan American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father’s works as an OB/GYN as he struggles to make a difference, first at Kabul’s recently renamed Laura Bush Maternity Ward and then in an isolated provincial hospital, where patients […]

Moral ‘Crimes’ Land Afghan Women in Jail

March 30, 2012


By ROD NORDLANDPublished: March 28, 2012 KABUL, Afghanistan — Asma W., 36, ran away from her husband after he beat her, threw boiling water on her, gave her a sexually transmitted disease and announced that he would marry his mistress. Fawzia, 15, took refuge with a family that drugged her and forced her into prostitution. […]

Saving Face: A Conversation with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

March 17, 2012


Janis Mackey Frayer, South Asia Bureau Chief | CTV News | Thursday Mar. 8, 2012 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Oscar for best documentary short for ‘Saving Face’ during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) In 2009, I watched Saira Liaqat in the doorway of the tiny house in […]

‘I’ll proudly fight for women and Afghanistan’

March 12, 2012


Sadaf Rahimi is an unlikely Olympian with a powerful sense of purpose Emine, Sunday 11 March 2012 Sadaf Rahimi, an Afghan boxer, practices at a boxing club in Kabul. Photograph: Musadeq Sadeq/ASSOCIATED PRESS If it’s unusual to see a woman representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games, her choice of sport is even more surprising. […]

For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price

February 17, 2012


By ALISSA J. RUBINPublished: February 16, 2012 Andrea Bruce for The New York TimesShakila, 10, was abducted and held for about a year as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as “baad.” ASADABAD, Afghanistan — Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s […]

Many layers: Examining the complex meanings of hijab

February 16, 2012


By Fatima Ayub, January 30, 2012 Writer Fatima Ayub examines perspectives on veiling in Muslim majority and minority contexts, both in the United States, where she grew up, and in Afghanistan, where she has lived and worked. She finds a surprising number wear it due to a combination of social expectation and cultural habit, rather […]

Afghan Child Bride Traded to Pay Opium Debt

January 15, 2012


By Fariba NawaWeNews guest authorSunday, January 15, 2012 Afghanistan’s opium trade impacts the daily lives of Afghans like nothing else, says Fariba Nawa in her book “Opium Nation.” In this excerpt she shares the story of Darya, a girl who was sold into marriage to settle an opium debt. (WOMENSENEWS)–In the summer of 2003, I […]