Ariana: Zarifa Ghafari Mayor of Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak province, has survived a gun attack in Kabul, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday. Zarifa Ghafari – the first Afghan female mayor – was honored by the US Secretary of State with the International Women of Courage Award on Wednesday on
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 19, 2020 By Freshta Jalalzai Five years ago — on March 19, 2015 — a 27-year-old Afghan woman was beaten and burned alive in the very heart of Kabul by a mob of angry men. Hundreds of people watched the killing of Farkhunda Malikzada, a student of the Koran and Islamic
By Freshta Jalalzai Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 7, 2020 Less than 48 hours before the Taliban signed a conditional peace agreement with the United States, I telephoned the spokesman of the Taliban’s Doha office to discuss the terms of the pending accord. “I am driving at this very moment,” Suhail Shaheen told me when I
Tolo News: The 10th round of the Afghan International Women’s Ski Competition was held on Thursday in Bamiyan and was attended by 17 athletes. Also, the second round of the men’s ski competition, attended by 51 athletes in the Chapa Dara area of Bamyan, was also held on Thursday. In the women’s competition, Nazira, Begum
VOA News: A local radio station recently started broadcasting programs for women in the traditionally conservative eastern Afghanistan province of Khost. The goal is to reach out to more women in the region through radio.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 13, 2020 Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the Afghan government to take immediate steps to provide “justice, support victims, and protect witnesses” in sexual-assault cases implicating “powerful people.” In a statement on February 12, the New York-based watchdog said that two recent cases highlighted the Afghan authorities’ failure to prosecute
Tolo News: Nazima Khirzad, an Afghan ski racer, has won a bronze medal in the 4th CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup 2020 in Pakistan. The four-day competition was held in Pakistan’s Swat city, and ended on Tuesday with Khirzad winning the bronze medal in the slalom category. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 10, 2020 A film about girls skateboarding in conservative Afghanistan has won an Oscar for best documentary short at the Academy Awards. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) shows international charity Skateistan’s work in teaching young girls in Kabul how to skate on ramps and quarter
Women are slowly moving into Afghanistan’s male-dominated restaurant industry. And one entirely women-run restaurant in central Afghanistan’s Bamyan province is attracting food lovers from the region. VOA’s Zafar Bamyani gives us a taste of the restaurant in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan: A settlement in western Afghanistan has become known as the “village of widows.” Some 50 women in the village of Mir Ali in Herat Province’s Adraskan district have lost their husbands, with many killed or executed after smuggling drugs across the Iranian border. Click here for more (external link).