Eight years after the fall of the Taliban, women and girls suffer high levels of violence and discrimination and have poor access to justice and education, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.  The Afghan government has also failed to bring killers of prominent women in public life to justice, creating an environment of impunity for those who target women.

‘Give peace a chance’ may just be another cliché for many, but for women who have suffered the ravages of war, endless strife and other forms of conflict, joining hands to find meaningful solutions to their collective aspiration lends it a whole new meaning. "For 5,000 years women have been sitting in ‘jirgas’ (tribal councils), at least in Afghanistan. We have ‘jirgas’ all over Pakistan’s tribal areas also, and we thought why not introduce this concept?"

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.
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.
President Karzai Makes Shia Women Second-Class Citizens for Electoral Gain.
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.
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.
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