Tuesday 3 August 2021
July 29, 2021
For Radio Azadi Reporter, Covering Afghan Women's Rights Is Worth The Risks
As Afghanistan faces a resurgence of the Taliban, the hard-won rights of Afghan women hang in the balance. One young female reporter for RFE/RL's Radio Azadi says it's her mission to tell women's stories as they fight to defend their rights.
July 28, 2021
Afghan Women Journalists Give Up Work For Survival Amid Taliban Advances
Taliban advances across Afghanistan are forcing women journalists to give up their jobs, go underground, or even flee their country. Press freedom and journalist security are in a free fall after the Taliban overran large swathes of Afghanistan this year.
July 22, 2021
In An Embattled Afghan City, A Woman-Led Library Is A Refuge Of Learning
Homaira Nawrozi, 23, is a teacher in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan's embattled Helmand Province. She wanted to give other Afghans a chance to learn outside of the classroom, so she opened her own small library where anyone can visit, read, and learn.
July 14, 2021
Return To The 'Dark Days': Taliban Reimposes Repressive Laws On Women In Newly Captured Areas In Afghanistan
Residents of northern Afghanistan, the focus of the Taliban’s blistering offensive, say the militant group has reimposed many of the repressive laws and retrograde policies that defined its 1996-2001 rule.
June 21, 2021
From Displaced To Self-Employed: New Skills Mean Fresh Start For Afghan Women
Just 22 percent of Afghan women are in the labor force -- but job training programs across the country could help change that. One center in Kandahar offers courses in sewing, knitting, and other skills that give trainees the means to support themselves and their families.
June 02, 2021
Childbearing In Afghanistan Is Risky. Doctors Say Family Planning Can Help
Pregnant women in Afghanistan face high risks of complications or death in childbirth, and there are dangers to their infants resulting from poverty and limited access to care. Some health experts are encouraging mothers to take more time between pregnancies to reduce some of the risks.
May 24, 2021
Amnesty International Warns Against Unraveling Of Afghan Women’s Rights
Amnesty International has warned that 20 years of “hard-won” progress by Afghanistan’s women and girls are under threat as intra-Afghan peace talks are at an impasse and international troops prepare to withdraw from the war-torn country later this year.
May 18, 2021
For One Afghan Woman, Men's Clothing Opens The Door To Greater Freedoms
In parts of Afghanistan, a custom known as "bacha posh" allows parents to dress their daughters as boys to give them temporary access to education or work. Hukmina decided to keep wearing men's clothing throughout her life, and this has afforded her freedoms that few other women enjoy.
April 20, 2021
Inside Pakistan's 'Conversion Factory' For Hindu Brides
In Pakistan’s Sindh Province, influential cleric Mian Mitha operates what his opponents describe as a “conversion factory” in which young Hindu women are allegedly converted to Islam by force and married off to Muslim men. Few Hindu families feel empowered to challenge him.