UNAMA: One in every three women around the world has experienced physical or sexual violence. Gender-based violence is a global issue, affecting millions each year, particularly the most vulnerable, including Afghan women and girls. It is now widely recognized that violence against women, including harassment and harmful practices, is major barrier to women and girls enjoying
Reuters: Fatima’s Taliban husband was so controlling that he refused to allow her to bathe and threatened to burn her face if she dared wear makeup, suspicious that his 12-year-old Afghan wife was trying to make herself attractive to other men. Click here to read more (external link).
The New York Times: Mumtaz is a 23-year-old woman from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the victim of an acid attack when she was 18, whose tormentors were jailed. It was a rare legal victory in the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, hailed at the time as proof that justice for female victims was possible.
The Guardian (UK): Shakila Zareen’s asylum application was initially approved after her husband shot her, but it was later denied under Donald Trump’s new US migration policies. When Shakila Zareen learned that her husband planned to kill her, she fled to her mother’s house. A few hours later, she was alone in the living room when her
The New York Times: If Afghanistan is one of the worst places to be a woman, then Ghor, a province so lawless that people often wonder if there is a government there at all, may be the country’s capital of gender-based violence and abuse. Week after week there are reports of women abused or killed in
IWPR: Campaigners are calling for the Afghan government to follow through on promises to change parts of Afghanistan’s penal code that they argue actually serves to legimitise violence against women. Article 398 of the Afghan penal code states that a man who sees “his wife or other family members” in a compromising position and kills or
AFP: Afghan ministries on Thursday signed an agreement to eliminate violence against women, a largely symbolic effort in a country that foreign observers still consider one of the worst in the world to be female. The Afghan attorney general’s office recorded more than 3,700 cases of violence against women in the first eight months of 2016,
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan July 20, 2016 The family of a pregnant Afghan girl who was burned to death has demanded that the government bring the alleged perpetrators to justice. The family of 14-year-old Zahra says she was tortured and set alight by her husband’s family in the central province of Ghor. Relatives of
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has again expressed major concern over the rise in child marriages in the country. The commission on Sunday strongly criticized the absence of a political will to combat the growing trend and called on the government to serve justice on those guilty of the practice. Click here to read
Tolo News: “Up to 600 cases of violence against women have been registered across the country. The majority of the cases are physical assault and family violence,” Minister of Women Affairs Dilbar Nazari said. “To eliminate violence, we need to expand cooperation between the ministries of Women Affairs, Hajj and Religious Affairs and of Education. The ministries