Afghanistan

 By Malali Bashir

August 10, 2015

You might forgive Khatera, a grown mother of two, her belief in monsters.

After all, she says, one haunted her childhood. She recalls how, on good days, he lashed out at her or her long-suffering mother, beating them or simply reminding them that no one cared whether they lived or died. On bad days, she says, he inflicted indescribable pain while beating her to silence her muffled cries. On worse days, family members branded her a liar and insisted she keep her talk of any "monster" among them to herself.

 Kabul, Afghanistan

 Afghan women who have suffered violence and trauma at the hands of their families, find secret reprieve in shelter.

By Natasha Noman

 

July 17, 2015

 

Shukria Barakzai has endured a miscarriage from Taliban attacks, a secretly polygamous husband, street beatings by extremists, an aggressive opposition campaign from that same husband and multiple assassination attempts. Just one of these would stop most normal people in their tracks.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)

Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN.

 KABUL | AFP | JUN 30, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today nominated a female judge to sit on the Supreme Court in an unprecedented move that has angered some Islamic conservatives.

Displaced Afghan females face significant constraints to accessing education, health and employment opportunities, according to a new report by NRC. 7 out of 10 say they have never attended school. 

 Herat, Monday 11 May 2015

Afghanistan’s weak legal system has led to a routine reliance on informal justice mechanisms that commodify young women and leave them vulnerable to abuse.

Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning international NGO, caught the attention of London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson and inspired her to visit the program in Kabul in 2012—especially after learning 45% of the students were female.

AIBAK (Pajhwok)May 19, 2015

Dozens of female students were poisoned in Khuram Sarbagh district of northern Samangan province, with few of them were stated to be in critical condition, officials said on Tuesday.

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