Tolo News: Afridun Amu, Afghanistan’s first surfer, will represent his country at this year’s International Surfing Association’s (ISA) world surfing championships in Japan. Amu, 31, was the first Afghan surfer to represent his country in the sport and has taken part in a number of international competitions including the ISA’s World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France in May 2017. Click here to read more (external link). Other Sports
Mohammad Habibzada VOA News | August 6, 2018 Mufti Niamtullah, an Islamic State terror group commander in northern Afghanistan, is among some 245 militants who surrendered to Afghan government forces last week in the country’s northern Jowzjan province. His surrender came days after a number of women in Darzab district of the province accused him
Tolo News: The project, that will cost about 18 million AFs, will be the first of its kind for women in the province. According to the provincial governor Waheedullah Kalimzai, who was attending the ground-breaking ceremony, the project would be funded by the Women’s Affairs Ministry. Click here to read more (external link). Other Sports News
Reuters: Even by the bloody standards of the Afghan war, Islamic State has gained an unmatched reputation for brutality, routinely beheading opponents or forcing them to sit on explosives. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: This study is unique, it not only builds on previous studies, but looks at child marriage in Afghanistan from various angles, providing hence a comprehensive picture of this practice,” Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Faizullah Zaki said. The report findings showed that the security situation, poverty, deeply embedded beliefs and social norms
VOA News | July 23, 2018: Dozens of girls in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif lined up to take their driving test. They defied social norms that prohibit female driving by joining driving class and trying to get their driving licenses. Women’s rights advocates say driving is a major part of independence from men for Afghan
VOA News | July 19, 2018: The Afghan Female Tactical Platoon, an attachment to the elite unit of the Afghan special forces, was established less than a year ago by the Afghan Ministry of Defense with the help of the NATO-Resolute Support Mission. Afghan defense officials describe the platoon as a key part of the country’s
Tolo News: Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat has won this year’s Interfilm Academy’s One Future Prize at the 36th international Munich Film Festival (Filmfest Munchen) for her movie “A Letter to the President”. The award ceremony was held on Saturday in Munich. Click here to read more (external link).
The Guardian (UK): New policy will stop clinics and hospitals from performing examinations that lead to imprisonment and exclusion – Condemned by the World Health Organization as degrading, discriminatory and unscientific, the practice of virginity testing has been widely used to ascertain whether a woman has committed adultery or had sex before marriage. Click here to read
BBC News: About 3,000 Afghans attempt to take their own lives every year, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Herat province accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide. Globally, there are more male suicides than female suicides – but in Afghanistan it is estimated that 80% of suicide attempts are made by