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Motherland Afghanistan

May 15, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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Sadaf Rahimi is an unlikely Olympian with a powerful sense of purpose Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, 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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Sahar Gul’s Story, A Clear Image of Women’s Life in Afghanistan

January 11, 2012

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Monday 9 January 2012, by Basir Ahang On December 27th, 2011, 15 year old Sahar Gul was discovered imprisoned in her in-law’s musty, dark cellar by the Baghlan Province Police. Seven months earlier, while living in Badakhshan Province, Sahar had been forced into marriage. The police report stated the young girl had been imprisoned, tortured […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

AFGHANISTAN Catch ’em Young, for Prostitution

January 4, 2012

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By Rebecca Murray MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Jan 3, 2012 (IPS) – Soma was a teenager in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif when her grandfather arranged her marriage to a husband she had never met. Brought up in a household with no father, Soma felt she had no choice when she underwent the traditional wedding ceremony and moved […]

An Outlet for Afghan Women Online

September 9, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: September 6, 2011 NEW DELHI — If Tabasom wants to meet other Afghan writers or to use the Internet, she faces not just a four-hour walk but other constraints. “I need to have a man all the time with me when I come to Kabul,” writes Tabasom, a woman in her […]

An Outlet for Afghan Women Online

September 9, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: September 6, 2011 NEW DELHI — If Tabasom wants to meet other Afghan writers or to use the Internet, she faces not just a four-hour walk but other constraints. “I need to have a man all the time with me when I come to Kabul,” writes Tabasom, a woman in her […]

Afghans launch self-immolation campaign

September 7, 2011

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By Jill McGiveringBBC News6 September 2011 Many Afghan women try to commit suicide after domestic violence The Afghan government has launched a national media campaign to address the growing problem of self-immolation. Most people who set fire to themselves, on purpose or by accident, are women. Many try to commit suicide because they are victims […]

Afghans launch self-immolation campaign

September 7, 2011

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By Jill McGiveringBBC News6 September 2011 Many Afghan women try to commit suicide after domestic violence The Afghan government has launched a national media campaign to address the growing problem of self-immolation. Most people who set fire to themselves, on purpose or by accident, are women. Many try to commit suicide because they are victims […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

Summer Doc Series: Love Crimes of Kabul

July 14, 2011

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Movie Review By Cole Abaius on July 11, 2011 They wouldn’t be there if they weren’t guilty. That’s the prevailing mindset of almost everyone in Love Crimes of Kabul, even the women who find themselves in jail in Afghanistan’s capital. In the documentary, director Tanaz Eshaghian gets out of the way to let the stories […]