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Taliban Would Roll Back Afghan Women’s Rights -U.S. Intelligence Report

Taliban Would Roll Back Afghan Women’s Rights -U.S. Intelligence Report

The Taliban “would roll back much” of the progress made in Afghan women’s rights if the Islamist extremists regain national power, according to an assessment released on Tuesday by top U.S. intelligence analysts. The U.S. National Intelligence Council report likely will reinforce fears that the Taliban will resume the harsh treatment that women and girls […]

E-commerce Platform Connects Young Afghan Female Entrepreneurs With The World

E-commerce Platform Connects Young Afghan Female Entrepreneurs With The World

A locally grown e-commerce platform in Afghanistan is connecting vendors with customers around the world, providing an important opportunity for the war-torn economy and inspiring a new trend of young women starting up their own small businesses. E-commerce site Click.af started in 2016 to give Afghans access to a domestic online market, and last year […]

Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Ban Virginity Test – Afghanistan Rights Panel

Afghanistan’s human rights panel on Thursday backed an “unconditional ban” on virginity tests, saying they violate rights, lack scientific basis and do nothing to protect women. Virginity tests check whether a woman or girl’s hymen – the thin tissue that may partially cover the vagina – is torn, in an effort to determine if she […]

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

Afghan Government Says Mother’s Name Can Go On Birth Certificates

The Afghan government has accepted a proposal to put mothers’ names on their children’s birth certificates, in a rare win for women’s rights activists in the deeply conservative country. Campaigners have for years pushed for women to be named on official documents including children’s birth certificates, which like Afghan identity documents carry only the name […]

Afghanistan Forms New Women’s Council Ahead Of Taliban Talks

Afghanistan Forms New Women’s Council Ahead Of Taliban Talks

The Afghan government has announced a new council to safeguard women’s rights and interests, amid fears peace talks with the Taliban could lead to the loss of hard-won gains. President Ashraf Ghani said the council, announced late on Thursday, would “empower women”, promote their rights at home and implement Afghanistan’s international commitments on women’s rights. […]

Coronavirus Forces Afghanistan’s Child Workers Off The Streets

Coronavirus Forces Afghanistan’s Child Workers Off The Streets

Standing on his rooftop, Massoud pulled the string hard, letting his kite soar high above the colourfully-painted houses of his Kabul neighbourhood. Just like the 12-year-old, many children have taken to the roofs as Afghanistan’s capital went quiet, catching the first warm rays of the spring sun or chasing each other’s kites. But unlike many […]

Suicide Bomber Kills Five At Wedding Party In Eastern Afghanistan

Suicide Bomber Kills Five At Wedding Party In Eastern Afghanistan

A spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a […]

Defying Threats, Afghan Singer Aryana Comes Home For Women

Defying Threats, Afghan Singer Aryana Comes Home For Women

Rural Afghanistan remains more conservative than the cities, and many people object to Aryana’s clothing and her promotion of women’s rights Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan’s most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures scrutiny right down to her choice of clothes. Still, she returns often, […]

Afghanistan Is Still Not An Easy Place To Be A Woman

Afghanistan Is Still Not An Easy Place To Be A Woman

Eighteen years ago, at the height of the Taliban’s power in Afghanistan, Roshan Mashal secretly taught her daughters to read and write alongside a dozen local girls who smuggled school books to her house in potato sacks. Mashal’s daughters have since gained university degrees in economics and medicine. But she now fears the looming prospect […]

Women Must Be In ‘Every Part’ Of Taliban Peace Process, Afghan President says

Women Must Be In ‘Every Part’ Of Taliban Peace Process, Afghan President says

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says women must be part of any peace process with the Taliban, a factor that could dash hopes for historic talks with the militant group. “Our women have emerged to speak for themselves, to take great public positions. We have 10 deputy ministers, five women ambassadors, three ministers. They’re increasingly active. […]

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