Ariana: Parents of two young girls from Andkhoi district of Faryab province on Sunday claimed that Taliban militants have gang-raped their daughters. The family has moved to the capital of Jawzjan province, seeking justice from the government. Mother of the victims told Ariana News that two of the culprits were living in their neighborhood in Faryab
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan May 11, 2019 KABUL — Afghan officials say prominent former television journalist Mena Mangal has been shot dead in Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Raimi said Mangal was shot dead in Kabul’s 8th district early on May 11 as she was waiting for a car. Witnesses to the shooting near
By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Khalida Khorsand, a 35-year-old rights activist from the western Afghan city of Herat, is skeptical about Taliban claims that it has dispensed with its strict rules against girls’ education and women working. The militant Islamic group made the declaration in the midst of recent peace
Michael Hughes: Many members of Afghan civil society have said they refuse to let the Taliban reverse progressive advances including in the area of women’s rights while the insurgents, who feel they have handed a great foreign invader a military defeat, have their own conditions including making the country’s constitution more Islamic. The warring parties in
Tolo News: At least 24 women fighters from Kabul attended an annual Muay Thai championship in which eight fighters were selected for the national team. Fighters from different age and weight categories attended the competition – which was kicked off on April 21 and continued until Saturday, April 27. Click here to read more (external link). Other
Time: Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen. Click here to read more (external link).
Khaleej Times: Afghanistan launched on Monday 43 tenders for natural resource projects as part of a global initiative to attract investment into its mineral sector that has assets estimated to be worth $1 trillion. Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Nargis Nehan said 14 tenders would be opened for large-scale projects to international companies through a
The Guardian (UK): The Women by Women project commissions local female photographers to tell the stories of trendsetting women and girls, in countries where the charity ActionAid works. The series starts with these stories of radical women in Kabul, including a street artist, a kickboxer and a politician. Click here for more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 30, 2019 U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, who is an activist for refugee-related causes, has urged in a speech at the United Nations that women be represented in the peace process aimed at ending the long conflict in Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan thousands of women have recently come together in public risking
Reuters: Allegations of sexual abuse of members of Afghanistan’s national women’s soccer team by sport officials have resulted in missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out, taunts and entreaties from parents to their daughters to quit playing. Click here to read more (external link).