JALALABAD, Afghanistan — It is doubly miraculous that the young woman named Gul Meena is alive. After she was struck by an ax 15 times, slashing her head and face so deeply that it exposed her brain, she held on long enough to reach medical care and then, despite the limitations of what the doctors could do, clung to life.
Fawzia Koofi is an Afghan women's rights activist and MP. She has already declared that she will run for president in 2014. In this interview with Martin Gerner, she outlines the two policy areas closest to her heart and explains why some Afghans view the timeline for the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan with trepidation.
Afghan women's safety activists say a new partnership with religious leaders can help stop Taliban attacks on girls and women that have left a Pakistani teen activist for girls just across the border in Swat Province undergoing brain surgery after a gunshot execution.
صرحت منظمة العفو الدولية بأن قيام مُلاّ محلي بإنزال عقوبة الجلد على الملأ بفتاة لم تتجاوز السادسة عشرة من عمرها في ولاية غزني بأفغانستان عقاباً لها على إقامتها "علاقة غير شرعية" مع أحد الفتية، لهو أمر مقيت يبرهن على مدى سوء الأوضاع التي تعيشها النساء والفتيات في أفغانستان.
Les autorités afghanes viennent d'annoncer officiellement, pour la première fois, que le fait pour une femme de fuir le foyer n'est pas un crime. Le 16 septembre, le ministre de la Justice et celle des Droits des femmes ont assuré que les Afghanes ayant fui un mariage forcé ou des violences domestiques ne feraient plus l'objet de poursuites. Les forces de police ont reçu des instructions en ce sens.
Hajji Rais Khan, a white bearded resident of Nangarhar’s Dur Baba district, needed only to remove his false teeth and hand over 3,000 dollars to conclude the swift purchase of a young woman for his bride.
The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network and Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign (VNC) strongly condemn the imprisonment of women and girls in Afghanistan (approximately 400 of them) for so-called “moral crimes”, including running away from home. The new study released by Human Rights Watch (HRW), “I Had to Run Away”: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan documents the phenomenon of these “crimes”, which often involve flight from early forced marriages or domestic violence.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the Violence is not our Culture Campaign, and Justice for Iran are pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Mapping Stoning in Muslim Contexts. This report locates where the punishment of stoning is still in practice, either through judicial (codified as law) or extrajudicial (outside the law) methods.