Afghanistan

Thursday was Mother's Day in Afghanistan, and from house to house went the call for women to gather in what some say is the first such public prayer event by women in Kandahar.
The murder of two female journalists in Afghanistan in the space of a week has brought home the risks that newswomen face in a country where women are not expected to ask questions.
La députée afghane Malalai Joya a été suspendue, lundi, pour avoir jugé l’Assemblée «pire qu’une étable».
Censure of Malalai Joya sets back human rights and the democratic process.
In the first quarter of 2007, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) reported more than 200 cases of violence against women.
After years of lobbying by networkers and activists, a standardized 'nikahnama' (marriage contract) has been approved, with the potential of curbing forced and child marriages.
Afghanistan's parliament has granted immunity to all Afghans involved in the country's 25 years of conflict, despite calls by human rights groups for war crimes trials.
Shaima left her violent husband and married a man she loved. They lived happily, but after a few years the police came after her - adultery is illegal in Afghanistan - demanding 4,000 afghanis (£42) in exchange for her freedom.
In Afghanistan's pervasive culture of violence, women and girls are powerless to resist being traded to settle family disputes and debts; rape and abduction; and forced marriages. Violence is widely tolerated by the community.
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