The VA Can't Fund IVF for Soldiers Because Congress Loves Embryos More

As we exit another Memorial Day weekend full of solemn paeans to The Troops, the Washington Post reminds us that the Veterans Affairs Administration still won’t cover in vitro fertilization for injured returning veterans. The ban has been in place for nearly a quarter century, and it’s there to protect fertilized… » 5/26/15 8:15pm 5/26/15 8:15pm

Mentally Ill Afghan Woman Beaten to Death by Mob of Men 

A 27-year-old Afghan woman was buried Sunday after being beaten, pushed off a roof and stoned to death by an angry mob of men who believed she had been burning a Quran. The woman, known only as Farkhunda, was mentally ill, according to her family. The men who killed her then tied her body to a car, dragged it to a… » 3/23/15 3:10pm 3/23/15 3:10pm

27-Year-Old Afghan Woman Killed by Mob Was Innocent 

Last week a 27-year-old woman known as Farkhunda was killed by an angry mob of men in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The mob accused Farkhunda of burning the Koran and beat the woman with sticks and stones, eventually setting her on fire, as the police looked on. The brutal murder was captured on video and circulated… » 3/22/15 12:15pm 3/22/15 12:15pm

Today's Hero Is Sara Bahayi, Afghanistan's First Female Taxi Driver

As our nation reels from the sudden rediscovery of the fact that vapidity is infinite, we must look to leaders to show us how to continue on—and Sara Bahayi, 38, brings just the example we need. The Washington Post has a terrific profile up today of this legitimate revolutionary: Bahayi is Afghanistan's first female… » 2/27/15 12:50pm 2/27/15 12:50pm

Prominent Feminist Afghan Politician Survives Suicide Attack

Today, a suicide bomber carried out an attack on the vehicle of Shukria Barakzai a female member of Afghanistan parliament and outspoken proponent of women's rights. Barakzai survived the assassination attempt with minor injuries, but three people were killed and somewhere between 17-22 were left injured. » 11/16/14 3:00pm 11/16/14 3:00pm

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… » 4/28/13 8:25pm 4/28/13 8:25pm

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

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… » 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… » 11/29/12 10:00am 11/29/12 10:00am

Meet Afghanistan's Kickass Girl Skateboarders

When Australian skater Oliver Percovich first visited Afghanistan a few years ago, he was surprised by how excited the children he encountered were by his skateboard. Since then, he has started Skateistan, a skate school in Kabul that draws in nearly 400 students a week. Most thrilling of all is that 40% of these… » 11/26/12 6:15pm 11/26/12 6:15pm

Afghanistan's Acclaimed Female Prosecutor General Jailed Over 100 Women For Adultery

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… » 10/22/12 10:00am 10/22/12 10:00am