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 to go out of the house") and we will hunt you down and kill you.

The Center for Investigative Reporting just released a report on the oppression and intimidation of Afghan women, and it's definitely worth checking out. The video above explores what it's like inside women's prisons in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif, where most prisoners are women who ran away from abusive husbands or simply just fell in love with "inappropriate" men.



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