Afghanistan

Since 2004 the Afghan Constitution has provided women with equal protection before the law. However, many discriminatory practices are disguised as 'Islamic' and, therefore, lawful. These include husbands deciding whether their wives should work, and a father having the right to prohibit his daughters from attending school or forcing them into marriage, all of them based on conservative interpretations of the Quran.

Amid Afghanistan's troubled balloting, women faced special threats and intimidation. Georgette Gagnon reports from Kabul on missing fingers and stolen ballot boxes.
Des groupes de défense des droits humains ont demandé au gouvernement afghan d’adopter une nouvelle loi qui ferait plus clairement la distinction entre le viol et l’adultère entre personnes consentantes, considéré dans ce pays comme un délit grave.
Le président Karzaï relègue les femmes chiites au rang de citoyennes de deuxième classe en vue d’obtenir le soutien des fondamentalistes lors du scrutin présidentiel.
President Karzai Makes Shia Women Second-Class Citizens for Electoral Gain.
Riahana et Farida Kawoon iront voter jeudi pour la présidentielle en Afghanistan, dans l'espoir que les progrès laborieux pour les droits des femmes esquissés depuis la chute du régime des talibans il y a huit ans s'intensifieront.
Due to the proximity of Afghan elections in August 2009, women rights activists and civil society actors have launched the Five Million Afghan Women Campaign in order to support women’s political participation.
Afghanistan's government has revised a law that stirred an international outcry because it essentially legalized marital rape.
Regional Stakeholders Meeting, 6-7 July 2009, on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Gender Relevance of the Hague Declaration.
Rapists in Afghanistan too often get away with their crime, whilst rape victims lack access to justice and experience stigma and shame, according to a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
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