Women At Risk to Lose Rights Amidst Afghan Peace Process

Since the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, when the status of women in Afghanistan was arguably at its lowest in recent history, Afghani women have made meaningful strides in gaining rights. During the brutal Taliban years, women were banned from going to work or even leaving their house without a male to accompany… » 7/29/13 6:00pm 7/29/13 6:00pm

Afghanistan Parliament Blocks Anti-Violence Against Women Law

The Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women, a 2009 mandate approved by President Hamid Karzai's decree that aims to protect women's rights — specifically, one that bans child marriage and the practice of "baad," selling and buying women to settle disputes — was shot down in Afghani Parliament today. » 5/18/13 4:30pm 5/18/13 4:30pm

Researchers Insist That Afghan Policewomen Need Their Own Restrooms

There’s a huge barrier standing between Afghanistan’s female police officers and on-the-job security. Want to guess what it is? Here’s a hint: it has nothing to do with, say, needing more kevlar vests or working in a destabilized, war-ravaged country. What the Afghan women serving in the police force really need are… » 4/28/13 8:25pm 4/28/13 8:25pm

Assassination of Afghan Women Sends a Crystal Clear Message, and It's…

Najia Siddiqi, Afghanistan's Director of Provincial Women's Affairs, was assassinated this week. She had been filling in for her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, since July — guess what happened to her? Assassinated, too. Could the Taliban's message be clearer? Support women's rights in a visible way (starting with "dare to… » 12/12/12 6:30pm 12/12/12 6:30pm

15-Year-Old Girl Killed By Suitors After Her Father Rebuffed Them

Another day, another horrific tale of abuse against a young woman. According to the Telegraph, a 15-year-old girl named Geesa was allegedly attacked and killed "earlier this week by two men from the spurned family as she went to collect water from a stream in her village in northern Afghanistan." The men responsible were … » 11/29/12 10:00am 11/29/12 10:00am

Afghanistan's Acclaimed Female Prosecutor General Jailed Over 100 Women …

Maria Bashir, Afghanistan's only female prosecutor general, has been internationally praised for defending women's rights in a country where they are too often ignored. But according to figures leaked to The Times of London, Bashir has jailed more than 100 women for adultery, making her "the most prolific prosecutor of … » 10/22/12 10:00am 10/22/12 10:00am

Surprise! World's Stealthiest Baby Emerges from British Soldier in…

Ahhhhh yes, the old "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" gag—a stalwart of soft-focus TLC reenactments, prom bathrooms, and, now, the war in Afghanistan. Good one, secret baby! The legion of women who've lived through the trauma of unexpected childbirth grew by one this week, when a Royal Artillery gunner stationed in Helmand … » 9/20/12 7:00pm 9/20/12 7:00pm

Taliban May Be Willing to Promote Women’s Education as Part of Peace…

According to a document sent to The Sunday Times, the Taliban might be, could be, fingers-crossed ready to promote women's education as part of a bid to restart peace talks with the West. Though The Times couldn't independently verify the paper's authenticity, it reportedly demonstrates current thinking among among… » 8/12/12 1:00pm 8/12/12 1:00pm

Marine Corps Officially Says They'll Let Women Train for (Some Types…

It's happening: the Marine Corps officially announced — as expected — that it will allow women to start training at its intensive infantry officer school at Quantico, VA and join some ground combat battalions. The changes will provide the Marine Corps' 13,800 women (out of 197,800 men — the Marines are the most… » 7/09/12 6:30pm 7/09/12 6:30pm

A Little Good News from Afghanistan — Taliban Seem Cool with Girls…

In a significant departure from its restrictive attitude towards female education in the 1990s, Taliban leaders are at least passively okay with British-based charity Mercy Corps running vocational colleges for young Afghani women. The approximately $8 million program includes English and computer classes, and — after… » 7/08/12 10:15pm 7/08/12 10:15pm

Don't Put Women in Combat, Says Female Combat Veteran

Last April, the Marine Corps announced that it would begin integrating female officers into its Infantry Officer Course, a monumental step towards allowing women to serve in front-line combat that would also open up more promotions for women, some of whom have been complaining for decades that prohibiting women from… » 7/05/12 10:00am 7/05/12 10:00am