Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn.
There are indications that some Taliban groups fervently oppose the use of contraceptives and may start using the issue as a pretext to launch further attacks on health centres, experts say.
According to the local officials of Herat province, a 45-year-old woman committed self-immolation due to ‘poverty and mental pressures’.
Afghanistan has one of the highest percentages of female lawmakers in the world but their voices are rarely heard.
« Une alternative démocratique peut être créée » dit la représentante de l’association révolutionnaire des femmes afghanes (RAWA), que nous appellerons Sara, pour des raisons de sécurité.
Project Wonkhai - the NGO's first undertaking - is a girl's school in Wonkhai, a village in Afghanistan's Wardak province.
Most of the 1,300 students – some with permanent scars on their cheeks and damaged vision – have returned to school full time.
Early marriage and lack of access to medical intervention until complications become severe are two factors that have hampered improvement in the situation.
Afghan authorities have arrested 10 Taliban insurgents who threw acid in the faces of schoolgirls in southern Afghanistan, an official said on Tuesday.
Women's rights defender Malalai Joya has won the "Anna Politkovskaya" award for courage.
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