Afghanistan

Women's rights defender Malalai Joya has won the "Anna Politkovskaya" award for courage.
Three years ago, Kim Sengupta interviewed five women who wanted to build a new Afghanistan. Today, three are dead and a fourth has fled.
Two Afghan women have been reported murdered by Taliban militants in the country's central Ghazni province.
Mehboba Ahdyar was to be the poster-child for the Olympics but the 19-year-old Afghan runner ran away from an Italian training camp last week. She has since told her parents she is too scared of reprisals and plans to seek asylum in Europe.
Three distinct judicial systems are in force in Afghanistan: the official courts, the traditional jirgas and Islamic scholarship.
Doctors at a hospital in Qalat, capital of Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan, are treating a brutally tortured woman whose husband cut off both her ears and nose, broke her teeth and shaved her head only three months after their marriage.
“We still have 1.2 million girls of school age who do not have access to schools,” said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Country Representative in Afghanistan.
A draft proposal put forth last week would ban loud music, women and men mingling in public, billiards, and more.
"Enfin pour les réunions publiques, en particulier les mariages, les femmes et hommes doivent être séparés et la musique de faible volume, estime le projet de loi."
Seven years ago, the Taliban would have torn these paintings to pieces. The 93 works show the emotions and images of a war-torn country in which women are still deeply oppressed. They depict war and weaponry, violence, entrapment, hopelessness - and hope.
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