BBC News: Kicking a ball around the schoolyard has been a right of passage for children all over the world, but for former Afghanistan women’s captain Khalida Popal, playing football nearly cost her her life. “It was really dangerous, I can’t forget that time or that moment, where I felt I may no longer be alive.
IWPR: The ruins of Kabul’s once grand Darulaman Palace, devastated by decades of war, have long been an iconic sight in the capital. An ambitious Afghan-led 16 million US dollar reconstruction project agreed in May 2016 aims to both restore the palace built by King Amanullah Khan in the 1920s and turn it into a symbol
DW: In former Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, many still believe a woman’s place is in the home. But two Afghan sisters want to bring a digital revolution to their country by teaching girls how to code and use computers. Click here to read more (external link).
The New York Times: To escape an abusive marriage, Wida Saghari struggled for five years to finalize a divorce. When it was done, she thought, finally, she could get some peace. Instead, she had stepped into a different kind of hell. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday said that Afghan women are still grappling with major challenges including domestic violence, multiple forms of discrimination and mistreatment outside their homes. According to the AIHRC, women in some regions of the country are still denied their basic rights and are treated as commodities. Click
Washington Post: Everyone knows that a young woman named Farkhunda was attacked outside the shrine after being falsely accused of burning a Koran, then dragged along the river road by a frenzied mob that bludgeoned and stoned her to death, ran her over with a car and set her body on fire. The white obelisk, unveiled
IWPR: Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death for women in Afghanistan after maternal mortality. But there is little public awareness around the issue, including encouraging women to be vigilant for signs which include breast lumps, swelling, changes in colour or texture and a nipple that is inverted or bleeding. There are
AFP: There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls — and it is facing militant threats for doing so. Nevertheless a handful are diving in, pioneers racing to achieve Olympic glory in Tokyo. The story of the 25-year-old coach and head of the newly created Women’s Swimming Committee, Elena Saboori, epitomises the struggle
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).