Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the appointment of Nargis Nehan as the minister of mines and petroleum. “In line with provisions of paragraph 11 of article 64 of the constitution, the nomination and appointment of Nargis Nehan as minister of mines and petroleum is approved,” part of the presidential order reads. Click here to
DW: A group of women meet in a park in Mazar-i-Sharif to go jogging. To help protect the women against attacks, the area is closed off to other visitors during training. Many in Afghanistan object to women doing sports in public. Click here to view video (external link).
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s National Cricket has defeated Ireland by 30 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Greater Noida in India on Wednesday. Click here to read more (external link). The Guardian (UK): Khalida Popal was the face of women’s football in Afghanistan but had to flee because of death threats. Now Popal is living in
IWPR: Women say they face unremitting harassment in the public sphere. Najla, a 20-year old undergraduate at a private university in Kabul province, is contemplating giving up her degree. She says that continuous sexual harassment on campus has made it nearly impossible to continue with her political science studies. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Nike will launch a hijab for female Muslim athletes early next year, becoming the first major sports apparel maker to offer a traditional Islamic head scarf designed specifically for competition, the company said on Wednesday. The head covering, marketed under the “Pro Hijab” brand, is designed to allow athletes to observe the traditional Islamic practice
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 8, 2017 Reporters Without Borders has launched a center to protect women journalists in Afghanistan, the second-most dangerous country for female reporters after Syria. The center will lobby for better working conditions and rights for women reporters, including combating discrimination in the workplace. It will also work to change perceptions
The Express Tribune: Unhappy with the work conditions, Homa Amiri Kakar left her job as a gynaecologist in a remote part of Afghanistan, only to return back because something that was upsetting her. “I am deeply unhappy that I left behind patients, especially women in remote villages – they are not in a situation where they
VOA News March 6, 2017 The Chinese martial art wushu, also known as kung fu, is taking hold in Kabul, thanks to Seema Azimi, a 20-year-old student. She is not only the sport’s first female practitioner in Afghanistan but also the first woman to operate a school teaching the fighting style. Amy Katz narrates this
Tolo News: Masuma Hassani has won the fifth round of Afghan Ski Challenge Tournament for girls which has ended in Bamiyan province. Freba Ahmadi and Fatima Nazari took second and third places respectively in the challenge in which 13 skiers participated. Three clubs from the province attended the five-day competition. Click here to read more (external
Tolo News: A women’s fitness club was opened in Kabul’s Khairkhana region on Sunday. This is the second fitness club for women managed by women. “We ask both women and men to care about their health, weight and beauty. Both need exercises in order to have good health,” said Shabnam Nazari, manager of the club. Click