||Afghan Human Rights Leader Sima Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List
||Afghan Police Accused of Violence Against Women
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission accused the police of violence against women in a recently released report, attributing close to 15 percent of honor killings and sexual assaults in the region to the police force....
||Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....
|| Special Event on CEDAW and Women's Rights Held Yesterday
Yesterday, the World Bank, the Nordic Trust Fund, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the United Nations Foundation held an event on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in anticipation of International Women's Day on March 8....
||Karzai Promises Not to Sacrifice Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that he will not sacrifice women's rights in any peace deal with the Taliban.
In an interview, President Karzai discussed plans to negotiate peace with members of the Taliban who are willing to break ties with terrorist groups like al-Qaida, according to the Associated Press....
||Taliban Flogs and Executes Pregnant Widow
A pregnant widow was publicly flogged 200 times before being executed in the Qades district in the Badghis Province of western Afghanistan on Sunday....
||Afghan War Crimes Victims Lobby Against the Afghanistan Peace Jirga
A coalition of Afghan war crimes victims is lobbying against the Afghanistan Peace Jirga and the Afghanistan government's effort to begin a reconciliation process with the Taliban and other insurgents....
||Clinton Pledges to Not Abandon Afghan Women
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that the United States will not abandon Afghan women and girls today as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting the United States.
According to the Associated Press, Clinton told three senior women Afghan officials who were traveling with Karzai that "We will not abandon you, we will stand with you always." Clinton also said it is "essential that women's rights and women's opportunities are not sacrificed or trampled on in the reconciliation process." Her statements indicate that the US will not support reconciliation with Taliban militants unless they "respect women's rights," renounce the Taliban, and abide by the country's laws, reported the Canadian Press.
In February 2010, Dr....
||Afghan Women Must be Included in Reconciliation Process
||Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Afghan Women and Girls
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Robert Casey (D-PA) held a joint subcommittee hearing yesterday of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Afghan Women and Girls: Building the Future of Afghanistan....
||Two Women Karzai Nominees Rejected
The Afghan parliament rejected more than half of President Karzai's cabinet nominees, including two women, late last week....
||Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls....
||Women Face Obstacles to Vote in Afghan Election
Afghan women faced a number of obstacles to voting yesterday in Afghanistan's presidential election....
||Women's Vote Threatened in Afghanistan
The participation of many Afghan women in Thursday's elections is threatened by strict polling regulations and fraud....
||UN Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Fight Violence Against Women
Kai Eide, the United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan, urged Afghan leaders to fight violence against women at a meeting in Kabul where he announced a new UN report on the subject....
||Potential Voting Fraud Concern for Afghan Women
As Afghanistan approaches their August presidential election, the potential for voter fraud that infringes on women's rights is gaining visibility....
||Feminists Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
||FMF and Sima Samar Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Doctor Sima Samar and Eleanor Smeal discussed the human rights conditions in Afghanistan and announced a new campaign for Afghan Women and Girls in a press conference today (C-SPAN covered the press conference live and will replay it)....
||Feminist Majority Foundation to Hold Press Conference with Dr. Sima Samar
On Friday, March 27, the Feminist Majority Foundation will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Afghan women and girls at a crucial time of U.S....
||FMF's National Young Women's Leadership Conference Held This Weekend
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference this past weekend was a resounding success! Over 500 attendees came from across the country to discuss some of today's most pressing issues, including reproductive rights, crisis pregnancy centers, the environment, LGBTQ rights, violence against women, communities of color, the Convention to Eliminate all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the situation of Afghan women and girls, the economy, and more.
The two-day conference was filled with some of today's leading feminist voices, including Hilda Solis, Tina Tchen, Lilly Ledbetter, Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Smeal, Dr....
||Iraq's Minister of Women's Affairs Resigns after Budget Cuts
Nawal al-Samarraie, the Iraqi Minister of Women's Affairs, resigned from her post last week largely due to lack of funds for her office....
||Dr. Sima Samar Wins 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award
Dr Sima Samar's selection as the winner of the 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADRHA) was announced Monday by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Chairman Wang Jin-pyng....
||Feminists Well-Represented Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women
In its annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Magazine included several feminists and friends of the women's movement, demonstrating the power women can hold when they believe in equality....
||Feminist Majority Foundation Hosts Third Global Awards Dinner
Co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, the Feminist Majority Foundation's third Global Women's Rights Awards honored four extraordinary women's rights leaders in Beverly Hills on Monday....
||Ms. Hosts Successful Forum on Afghanistan
The state of Afghan women and girls and the need for better US policies in Afghanistan were the focus of a community forum hosted by Ms....
||Afghan Human Rights Leader Visits US
Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur, will speak at a special forum tomorrow with other women's rights and human rights leaders to address the US's failed policies in Afghanistan....
||Young Women Gather in DC for Successful Leadership Conference
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program hosted over 375 students at the National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress on March 24 and 25....
||DC: Young Women to Learn About Leadership from Campus to Congress
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress will start tomorrow, kicking off an exciting weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, and guest speakers....
||Afghanistan Launches Plan for Action Amid Violence
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday launched a three-year action plan to stabilize and bring justice to the country, which has been in conflict since 1979....
||Sima Samar Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Brown University
Sima Samar, former Ms Magazine Woman of the Year and long-time champion of women's rights in Afghanistan, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Brown University's 237th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday....
||Afghan Women Killed For Registering Women to Vote
Two Afghan women were killed and 13 more were wounded by a bomb that exploded on a bus filled with female election workers....
||Leading Afghan Woman Receives Prestigious Health and Human Rights Award
During the Global Health Council's (GHC) annual conference, a leading Afghan women’s rights and human rights advocate received the 2004 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights....
||Afghan Woman Leader Receives Prestigious US Award
A prominent Afghan woman leader is one of the recipients of this year's Profile in Courage Awards from the Kennedy Library Foundation, which will be presented at a ceremony in Boston, MA tonight....
||Ms. Honors Women's Achievements Globally
Among the ten outstanding women selected as Ms Women of the Year are several who are working for women's rights and health globally....
||Ms. Magazine Honors Women of the Year
Ms magazine honored ten outstanding women as 2003 Women of the Year at an awards breakfast on Monday....
||Afghan Human Rights Official Calls for More Peace Troops
Speaking before a conference of human rights defenders at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Dr Sima Samar, Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, called for an expansion in the size, range, and mandate of international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan in order to secure women's rights and human rights....
||Sima Samar Wins Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Dr Sima Samar, the chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), will be presented with the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award on June 11 in Washington, DC....
||Plans for Mixing Christianity with Aid in Iraq Raise Concerns
As the war in Iraq winds down, Christian evangelical groups plan to go to Iraq with humanitarian aid, including food and medicine....
||Afghan Human Rights Office Opens in Herat; Gender Advocacy, Security Needed
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, led by former women's affairs minister Dr Sima Samar, opened its Herat office today—the first beyond Kabul....
||Sima Samar, Nancy Pelosi Named to ABC News' Top Five
Doctor Sima Samar last week was named to ABC News' 2002 Top Five "Beating the Odds" List, commending her fight for womens' rights in Afghanistan....
||Afghan Refugees Face Harsh Winter, Continued Uncertainty
Earlier this week, Pakistan and Afghanistan reached an agreement, planning for the return—phased over three years—of 1.8 million Afghan refugees....
||Congress Approves $3 Billion for Afghanistan
In a landmark victory for women in Afghanistan, both chambers of the US Congress passed legislation late last night that provides $3 billion in funding for humanitarian aid and expansion of international peacekeeping forces....
||One Year After Taliban, Afghanistan Still Struggling
Despite some improvements in the quality of life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban fell, especially for women, there are still many challenges facing the war-torn country....
||Rights Group Urges Peace Troop Expansion in Afghanistan
A major human rights group released a report yesterday outlining the continued violence and instability in Afghanistan....
||Security in Afghanistan Increasingly Threatened
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday echoed statements by Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and US Army General Tommy Franks, saying that the “most serious challenge facing Afghanistan and Afghans today remains the lack of security,” according to Inter Press Service News....
||Four More Girls’ Schools Attacked in Afghanistan
Four girls’ schools in Afghanistan were attacked this weekend—two were hit by rockets and two were set on fire, Reuters reports....
||Afghan Foreign Minister Pleads for Aid
Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is in Washington this week to ask US officials to fulfill promises to help create economic and political stability for Afghanistan....
||Eighth Attack on Girls’ School in Afghanistan
A school for girls in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was recently hit by an explosion that injured one teacher, the Associated Press reports....
||Gunmen Close Girls’ School in Afghanistan
In the seventh incident in a series of attacks on girls’ schools in Afghanistan, gunmen recently forced a school in the Wardak province that served 1,300 girls to close....
||State Department Issues Report Questioning Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
The US State Department issued a new report on Afghanistan to Congress recently questioning the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beyond the capital of Kabul....
||Bush Admin. May Support International Peace Troop Expansion in Afghanistan
In a significant policy shift, the Bush administration indicated that it may now support expansion of international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported today....
||Anti-Women Broadcasting Official Refuses to Give Up Post
In defiance of the new Afghan government, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, president of Kabul TV and radio, refused to leave his post after he was ordered to do so by Information Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen....
||Feminist Majority Urges Expansion of Peace Troops in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of threats against human rights advocates in Afghanistan after the Loya Jirga and continued reports of violence against women in the provinces, the Feminist Majority has renewed its call for the immediate expansion of international peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan....
||Momentum Building for Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
With both Democratic and Republican Senate leaders calling upon the Bush administration to support expansion of peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan, the Feminist Majority has stepped up an emergency call-in and e-mail campaign to provide the security necessary to promote women’s rights, democracy and reconstruction....
||Women’s Affairs Minister Appointed in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially appointed Habiba Sorabi as minister for women’s affairs today, replacing Dr....
||Sens. Boxer and Biden Press for Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
||Senate Committee to Address Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
In the wake of violence and intimidation against human rights advocates in Afghanistan, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing at 10:45 a.m....
||Afghanistan President Names New Women’s Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
||Afghan President Chooses Cabinet
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced picks for 14 of his cabinet posts yesterday, only one of which was a woman....
||Afghan Legislature Will Include Minimum of 15 Seats for Women
Afghanistan’s new legislature will include at least 15 seats reserved for women, according to a proposed plan by newly-elected President Hamid Karzai....
||Afghanistan: Karzai Elected as Next Head of State
In secret ballot elections held late Thursday, Afghanistan’s national assembly—the loya jirga—selected current interim leader Hamid Karzai as the next head of state, serving until the 2004 elections....
||Afghan Schools to Open this Month
The new school year will begin in Afghanistan on March 23, and for the first time since Taliban rule, women and girls will return to their classrooms without fear of reprisal....
||Struggle of Afghan Women Highlighted at UN International Women’s Day
The United Nations marked International Women’s Day last Friday by looking ahead at the future for women in Afghanistan....
||Afghan Women’s Ministry Leads International Women’s Day Events
From March 5-7, 60 women participants in the Afghan Women’s Consultation held meetings hosted by the Afghan Women’s Ministry in cooperation with United Nations agencies and the Afghan Interim Authority....
||USAID Provides for Reconstruction of Afghan Women’s Ministry Building
||Women Used As Sex Slaves for Taliban, al Qaeda
While reports of the Taliban’s involvement in the trafficking of Afghan women was long reported by Afghan refugees fleeing Afghanistan during the Taliban’s rule, more detailed and numerous accounts continue to emerge following the collapse of the brutal regime....
||President Bush Highlights Women's Rights in State of the Union
In his first State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Bush highlighted gains made in recent months for women in Afghanistan....
||Truth Be Told - Part I
On September 11, terrorism took on a whole new meaning for people in the U.S....
||Thousands of Women Kidnapped, Trafficked by Taliban
General Mohammed Qasim, an official in the interim Afghan ministry of justice, has pledged to investigate the thousands of female abductions committed by the Taliban....
||Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Urges More Aid, Women’s Rights
||Afghan Woman Leader Receives Freedom Award
The International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development awarded Dr....
||Afghan Women Nominated to Government Posts
Two women’s names have been released as candidates for posts in the transitional Afghan government....