Golnaz Esfandiari Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 15, 2017 In Afghanistan’s staunchly patriarchal society, women are often publicly identified by the names of their male relatives. Their identity derives from their relationship with men — who are seen as their owners. Afghan women live their lives as someone’s daughter, sister, or wife and often don’t
Gulf News: Zeerak the bespectacled orange muppet is the latest innovation from Sesame Street in Afghanistan: a children’s TV character who reveres his educated older sister, brought on to screens to show a new generation that a woman’s place is beyond the home. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: When women do report abuse or are arrested themselves, they find themselves at the mercy of Afghanistan’s patriarchal judicial system, shaped by sharia law, women’s rights campaigners say. Click here to read more (external link).
LA Times: Mohammad Mohaqeq has been doing something unusual in Afghan politics: posting pictures of wife Waheeda on social media. In one recent image, the senior government official poses beside her and their 7-year-old daughter, Hadiya, in front of a crystal-clear lake in the northern province of Bamian. Click here to read more (external link).
Xinhua: “The endemic war has destroyed our life, you see, it is more than three decades that the flames of war have been devouring the Afghans and this country. Today my greatest wish is to see ending of the war and restoring lasting peace in Afghanistan,” said a jubilant Kabul resident Mohammad Musa. Click here to
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani Thursday has approved the amended draft of the Census Law to authorize the printing of the word “Afghan” on the electronic ID cards as the “nationality and ethnicity” of the holder of the card, the Presidential Palace said in a statement. The long-debated matter was considered as a ‘potential hurdle’ for
Hekmat Sorosh VOA News / February 23, 2017 KABUL — At 21, Shagofa Alikozay is a bright woman who isn’t far removed from childhood in Afghanistan, which she illustrates with her photos, sketches and poetry. Her goal is to bring to light the challenges, problems and miseries of living in one of the world’s poorest countries,
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) — Pakistan army said on Tuesday the country is not involved in acts of terror in neighhbouring Afghanistan. Comments by the army spokesman, Major-General Asif Ghafoor, came at a time when relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is tense. Both countries routinely accuse each other of loose border control that enable the
Al Jazeera: Afghanistan’s history is full of such anecdotes and lore about a substantial thriving community of Hindus and Sikhs who have called this country their home over the centuries. But, sociologists note, the population of Hindu and Sikh minorities has seen a drastic decline over the past several decades. Click here to read more (external link).
Narratively.ly: Millennials are roughly defined as those born between the years 1980 and 2001. In Afghanistan, this definition carries an added layer of significance, as these years are the bookends of two particularly catastrophic periods of conflict: 1980, the first year of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and 2001, marking the beginning of the U.S.