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9/9/2014 Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan
An Afghan court convicted seven men for the gang rape and robbery of four women in Paghman district near the city of Kabul. According to reports, a group of men - some dressed in police uniforms and carrying assault rifles - stopped a group of cars traveling in Paghman last month, pulled the women from their cars, and raped them in a nearby field....
9/5/2014 Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women
Over a hundred people celebrated the August 25th "Orange Day to End Violence" with a bicycle race in Bamyan, Afghanistan hosted by the nonprofit organization Shuhada. Fifteen girls participated in the race to raise awareness about violence against women....
8/26/2014 92 Million Dollar Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week. The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP) represents a five-year plan between USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Economy to improve Afghanistan's educational programs according to international standards....
8/19/2014 Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire....
6/16/2014 High Turnout in Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff Election
Over seven million Afghans, or 58 percent of the population, successfully voted in the runoff presidential election on Saturday, despite several attacks from the Taliban at polling centers. "The participation of men and women across the country demonstrates, once again, the commitment of the Afghan people to shape the future of their country and to reject violence and intimidation," Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. Because none of the presidential candidates won at least 50 percent of the vote in the April election, a runoff was held between the top two contenders - Abdullah Abdullah, who won 44.9 percent of the vote in the first election, and Ashraf Ghani Amadzai, who came in second with 31.5 percent. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) will announce preliminary results for the runoff election on July 2 and expect the final results to be announced on July 22....
6/13/2014 Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election
Afghan women's groups Thursday held a press conference announcing that both of the presidential front-runners had signed a six-point petition for women's rights....
6/5/2014 US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown
President Obama announced last week that 9,800 United States military troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 to help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations....
4/28/2014 Afghan Election May be Headed for Runoff
Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that Abdullah Abdullah, who lost the election in 2009 to outgoing president Hamid Karzai, won 44.9 percent of the vote....
4/16/2014 Female Afghan Parliamentarian Injured in Shooting Attack
Maryam Koofi, a member of Afghanistan's Parliament, was wounded in a shooting yesterday....
4/7/2014 Millions of Afghans Vote in Historic Elections
High turnout, low levels of violence, and strong participation by women, all combined Saturday to make the closely watched Afghan presidential and provincial council elections a success. Over 7 million Afghan men and women voted in these historic elections - representing a staggering 60% voter participation rate, close to the 62% participation rate in the US presidential election in 2008 and more than the 58% participation rate in the US in 2012....
4/4/2014 Afghanistan Heads to the Polls Tomorrow
Afghanistan will hold presidential and provincial council elections tomorrow....
3/21/2014 13,000 Women Will Work to Secure Polling Centers on Afghanistan's Election Day
The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) announced this week that it has recruited 13,000 women to work on security procedures at polling centers for the upcoming April 5 presidential election day....
3/6/2014 US Honors Afghan Doctor as an International Woman of Courage
Dr....
2/28/2014 Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women's Progress in Afghanistan
Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan parliament, published an open letter this week to American women, urging them to continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with women in Afghanistan. Koofi's letter, entitled "A Letter to My American Sisters," dispels the media myth that women's lives have not improved since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001....
2/26/2014 Afghan Ministry of Justice Amends Criminal Procedure Code to Protect Women Victims of Violence
Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) amended a controversial provision of the draft Afghan Criminal Procedure Code - Article 26 - that would have barred relatives from testifying against each other in criminal proceedings, including in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault....
2/20/2014 Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Women's Rights
The second televised presidential debate in Afghanistan took place Tuesday night....
2/19/2014 Afghan President Will Not Sign Criminal Procedure Code into Law
In a major victory for Afghan women, President Hamid Karzai yesterday refused to sign Afghanistan's controversial draft Criminal Procedure Code into law....
2/14/2014 Afghan Women Rise for Justice at Kabul Protest
Around 100 Afghan women marched in Kabul yesterday to speak out against violence against women as part of One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Calling for "no more violence" and "justice, justice," Afghan women also demanded continued gains for women's equality in the country....
2/6/2014 Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding....
2/4/2014 Presidential Candidates Begin Campaigns for Afghanistan's April Election
Candidates for Afghanistan's upcoming April election kicked off their presidential campaigns on Sunday. According to TOLO News, many of the 11 candidates have focused on similar, broad issues so far, including security, human rights, women's participation in government, corruption, and economic development....
1/17/2014 First Afghan Woman Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief in Afghanistan....
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law. "A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year. The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators....
11/27/2013 Karzai Signals Delay On Bilateral Security Agreement
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014....
11/22/2013 US and Afghanistan Agree on Language for Bilateral Security Agreement
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S....
11/18/2013 US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....
10/29/2013 Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award
Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi will be honored with a 2013 Courage in Journalism award at a second awards ceremony hosted today by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) in Los Angeles....
10/10/2013 Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....
10/2/2013 Afghan Human Rights Leader Sima Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List
Dr....
9/27/2013 Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....
9/24/2013 Pakistan Frees Taliban Military Commander
Pakistan freed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former Taliban military commander and second in command to Taliban leader Mullah Omar....
9/19/2013 Arrests Made in Killing of Top Afghan Policewoman
Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a senior female police officer in Afghanistan....
9/18/2013 UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....
9/17/2013 New USAID Projects Aim to Empower Afghan Women
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently announced several programs aimed at empowering women and girls in Afghanistan....
9/16/2013 Top Female Afghan Police Officer Murdered
Afghan Lieutenant Negar, the most senior female police officer in Afghanistan, died early Monday morning, one day after being shot by unidentified gunmen....
9/16/2013 Pakistan to Release Head of Taliban Military Operations
Pakistan announced last week that it would free captured Taliban commander Mullah Adbul Ghani Baradar later this month....
9/12/2013 Women Commit Majority of Suicides in Afghanistan
95 percent of all suicides in Afghanistan are committed by women and girls. According to officials at the Ministry of Public Health yesterday at World Suicide Prevention Day in Kabul, more than 2,500 Afghan women have already committed suicide in 2013....
9/11/2013 Afghanistan Leaders Discuss Need for More Women Judges
At a four-day conference at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul last week, over 180 female judges affiliated with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) and other leaders discussed strategies for improving the number of Afghanistan's female judges and ensuring justice to those who come to the courts....
9/9/2013 Taliban Murder Female Indian Writer
Last Wednesday, a prominent female Indian writer was murdered by the Taliban outside of her home in the Paktika province after criticizing the terrorist group. Sushmita Banerjee, 49, wrote a popular memoir in 1995 about her life as the wife of an Afghan man in Kabul while the Taliban ruled....
9/6/2013 Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women's Political Participation
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections....
8/16/2013 Afghan's Youth Celebrated in Bamyan
Afghanistan celebrated International Youth Day on Thursday with a large, free outdoor concert in Bamyan....
8/13/2013 Afghan Activist and Former MP Seeks Asylum
Noor Zia Atmar, one of the first female members of parliament in Afghanistan and an outspoken leader for women's rights in the country, has requested asylum after fleeing from her abusive husband....
8/12/2013 Afghan Women's Radio Back On the Air After Shut Down
After being shut down in mid July, a local radio station devoted to women is back on the air in the Afghan province of Sar-e Pol. The radio network, "Voice of Women," owner alleged that it was shut down after they refused to pay the police $400 a month in bribes....
8/9/2013 Honor Killing Leaves Unease About Future of Afghan Women Rights
A Mullah has issued fatwa, or religious edict, for the execution of a woman named Halima who has been in hiding since April....
8/8/2013 Afghan Senator Shot In Taliban Assassination Attempt
Afghan Senator Rouh Gul Khairzad and her family were ambushed by Taliban on Wednesday in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan....
7/30/2013 Women's Rights At Stake in Afghan Peace Talks
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has voiced concerns that the rights of women in Afghanistan may be compromised in the interest of peace negotiations....
7/19/2013 USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women
The U.S....
6/20/2013 Taliban Agrees to US, Afghan Peace Talks; Afghanistan Backs Out
A day after the Taliban announced that it will agree to peace talks with the United States and Afghanistan, the Afghan government has announced it will not participate until Afghanistan plays a larger lead role. Senior US officials confirmed that two key conditions of the negotiations would be that the Taliban breaks ties with al-Qaeda and that they recognize the Afghan Constitution including the protections for women and minorities. The announcement came as a surprise the day after senior US officials announced that the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US would begin peace negotiations this week at a Taliban office in Qatar....
6/18/2013 Taliban Attack In Afghan Capital As NATO Transfers Power
Yesterday, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) transferred responsibility for the country's security forces to the Afghan government after a bomb blast targeting a political official left three civilians dead in Kabul....
6/11/2013 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....
6/5/2013 Women Senators Form Bipartisan Front on Military Sexual Assault
Yesterday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military demonstrated the role of the record number of women in the Senate....
5/22/2013 Afghan Women Arrested for 'Moral Crimes' Increases 50%
A new report by the Human Rights Watch shows that in the past 18 months the number of women in Afghanistan incarcerated for 'moral crimes' has increased from 400 to 600, a 50% growth. Many of the women imprisoned for moral crimes were arrested running away from forced or abusive marriages and families, even though there is no law against leaving....
5/20/2013 Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament
On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament....
4/25/2013 HRW Report Finds Afghan Women Police Officers Face Harassment, Violence
Female police officers in Afghanistan are fighting harassment in co-ed changing facilities and restrooms at the hands of male colleagues, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the story, released today, HRW found that women in the Afghan police force face sexual harassment, assault, and even rape from male colleagues....
4/22/2013 Global Heroes Honored in LA
An Afghan rapper....
3/27/2013 Female Teacher Murdered in Pakistan
Earlier today, female teacher Shahnaz Nazli was shot by two men of unknown affiliation on her way to work at a girls school in the village of Shahkas....
12/11/2012 Women's Rights Advocate Slain in Afghanistan
Najia Seddiqi, the head of women's affairs for Laghman province and known women's rights activist, was murdered yesterday on her way to her office....
11/28/2012 Four Servicewomen File Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Women in Combat
Four female service members, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal law suit in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon to end the Pentagon's ban on women serving in direct combat jobs....
11/15/2012 Mobile Phones to Promote Afghan Women's Literacy
Paiwastoon Networking Services, an Afghan IT company, launched a new literacy program this week that enables women to use mobile phones to learn reading and writing....
10/24/2012 Mourdock: 'God Intends' Pregnancy from Rape
During a debate on Tuesday night, Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that women who have been raped should be required to carry resulting pregnancies to term because the pregnancy is "a gift from God" that "God intended to happen." His statement in full [VIDEO]: "I believe life begins at conception....
7/24/2012 Air Force Staff Sergeant Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case
Air Force Staff Sergeant Luis Walker was found guilty of 28 rape and sexual assault charges by a military jury Friday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison....
7/13/2012 Female Afghan Official Assassinated
Hanifa Safi, a provincial head of women's affairs, was assassinated on Friday in Afghanistan....
7/9/2012 Donor Nations Pledge $16 Million in Aid to Afghanistan
International donors, including the US and Japan, pledged $16 million in development aid to Afghanistan at the Tokyo Conference yesterday....
5/29/2012 Another 160 Afghan Schoolgirls Poisoned
Another group of Afghan girls was poisoned today, making this the second attack on schoolgirls in the past week....
5/24/2012 Female Soldiers Sue to Challenge Combat Ban
Two female soldiers filed a lawsuit yesterday charging that the military's ban on women in combat is unconstitutional and violates their equal protection rights under the Fifth Amendment....
5/24/2012 Second Poisoning Attack against Afghan School Girls
In the second attack since April, over 120 Afghan schoolgirls and three teachers were poisoned yesterday in the northern Takhar province of Afghanistan....
5/21/2012 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....
5/21/2012 Negotiating with the Taliban will not work and will produce disastrous results for Women and Afghanistan
Women for Afghan Women, a women's human rights organization with programs for women in NYC and throughout Afghanistan, and the Feminist Majority Foundation, the first (1997) U.S....
5/21/2012 WAW and FMF Warn Against Negotiating with Taliban
Women for Afghan Women and the Feminist Majority Foundation released a letter at the Amnesty International "Shadow Summit" on Sunday that warns that negotiating with the Taliban will not work and will produce disastrous results for Women and Afghanistan....
5/21/2012 Shadow Afghan Summit Focuses on Women's Voices
The Shadow Summit hosted by Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) brought women's voices to the NATO Summit....
5/18/2012 Women's Leaders to Speak at Shadow Summit
Amnesty International is staging a "Shadow Summit" this Sunday, May 20, in Chicago to emphasize to NATO Summit leaders that Afghan women's and girls' needs must be front and center in all planning....
4/30/2012 US and Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement Reached
The United States and Afghanistan announced last week that the two countries have agreed on a draft of a strategic partnership which establishes US support in Afghanistan for a decade after the removal of combat troops....
4/26/2012 Marine Corps Now Allowing Women to Train for Combat
The male-dominated Marine Corps announced on Monday that it will allow women to train in Quantico, Virginia at its infantry officer school....
4/25/2012 Afghan Girls' School Defies Threats
A school in Afghanistan continues to educate girls despite violent threats, reports the Washington Post....
4/16/2012 Woman Declares Intention to Run For Afghan Presidency
Fawzia Koofi is the first person to announce an intention to run for the presidency in Afghanistan....
3/6/2012 Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today
A press conference was held at the National Press Conference today to announce a new lawsuit being filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC on behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps....
3/6/2012 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....
12/14/2011 Concerns Arise over Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan
Politicians, economists and activists gathered at the Bonn Conference in early December expressed concerns regarding the impact of the withdrawal of th US on maternal mortality....
12/5/2011 Record Number of Afghan Women at Bonn Conference
Women are nearly a third of the Afghan delegation at today's Afghanistan conference in Bonn, Germany holding 13 of the 40 delegate positions....
12/5/2011 Maternal Mortality Decreases in Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Mortality Survey (AMS) 2010, sponsored by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the US Government, and the British Department for International Development, revealed that over the past five years, maternal and infant mortality has declined dramatically in Afghanistan....
11/17/2011 Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military....
10/7/2011 Hundreds Occupy D.C.'s Freedom Plaza in Protest
On Thursday, hundreds converged on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C....
10/3/2011 Afghan Women Concerned about Possibility of Taliban Rule
A survey of approximately 1,000 Afghan women, conducted by Action Aid and Oxfam, revealed that the majority of the women (86 percent) were concerned about the possibility of returning to a Taliban-style government....
9/26/2011 Women's Rights Groups Praise New Afghan Shelter Regulations
In a victory for Afghan women's rights groups, President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet approved new draft regulations that will allow women's shelters in Afghanistan to remain independent and not come under government control....
9/7/2011 Tammy Baldwin Enters US Senate Race in Wisconsin
On Tuesday, Rep....
8/8/2011 VA Aims to Improve Care for Women Veterans
In an effort to better address the medical needs of the thousands of women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) started a "mini residency program" to refresh doctors and nurse practitioners, many of whom are more accustomed to treating male veterans, on women's healthcare....
5/4/2011 Save the Children Releases Annual Mothers Index Report
In honor of Mother's Day, Save the Children released its 12th annual Mothers Index report,"Champions for Children: Why Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries is Good for America," which rated 164 countries to determine the best countries in which to be a mother....
4/14/2011 Sexual Assault in the Military Bill Introduced in the House
On Wednesday, Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced the Defense STRONG (Sexual Trauma Response, Oversight and Good Governance) Act that would increase the legal rights and protections for service members who have experienced sexual assault during their military service....
4/12/2011 Congresswoman Speier Condemns Rape in the Military
Following the Pentagon's March 17 release of its latest sexual assault statistics, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives decrying rape in the military....
3/9/2011 Military Commission Report For Dropping Combat Restrictions
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission released a report that recommended that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat....
3/8/2011 Increase in Women in Parliament, Glass Ceiling Remains
A survey by Independent on Sunday revealed that women are winning a growing number of seats in parliaments throughout the world, although they still hold far fewer legislative and key cabinet positions than men....
2/17/2011 Afghan Women's Leaders Fight Proposed Shelter Regulation
Afghan women's leaders announced at a press conference this morning in Kabul that they will fight the proposed regulation and any attempt of the government to take over battered women and girls shelters, currently run by non-profit women's organizations....
2/11/2011 Severe Restrictions Proposed for Afghan Women's Shelters
The Ministry of Justice of the Afghan government is considering adopting a new regulation that would require women fleeing domestic violence situations to appear before an eight-person government panel before obtaining shelter....
1/14/2011 Military Commission For Dropping Combat Restrictions
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission announced plans to recommend that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat....
11/29/2010 Sixty-Nine Afghan Women Elected to Parliament
Last Wednesday, Afghan officials announced the final results for the parliamentary election held on September 18....
9/23/2010 First Afghan Women Army Officers Graduate
Today, the first class of women officers in decades graduated from a class of new recruits in the Afghanistan National Army (ANA)....
9/20/2010 Violence Punctuates Afghan Elections
News reports indicate that at least 15 people died during election-related violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, where parliamentary elections were held....
9/17/2010 Afghan Parliamentary Elections to be Held Saturday
Saturday, Afghanistan will hold their second parliamentary elections since the Taliban lost power....
8/30/2010 Campaign Workers for Afghan Woman Candidate Murdered
The bodies of five campaign workers who had been working for a woman parliament candidate in Afghanistan's Herat province were found over the weekend....
8/25/2010 New Gas Attack on Afghan Girls' School
A girls' school in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a gas attack yesterday....
8/23/2010 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....
8/16/2010 Young Couple Stoned by the Taliban
The Taliban stoned a young couple to death this weekend in northern Afghanistan because the couple allegedly committed adultery....
8/10/2010 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....
7/20/2010 World Leaders Meet in Afghanistan
World leaders from over 70 countries met in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday for an International Conference on Afghanistan,with the goal of helping the war-torn country restore itself economically, socially and politically....
6/25/2010 Julia Gillard is Australia's First Woman Prime Minister
Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister yesterday, after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd abruptly stepped down from his position....
6/18/2010 Secretary Clinton Releases 2010 Human Trafficking Report
On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the State Department's 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, a 373-page document which outlines the prevalence of global trafficking and assesses the world's effort to implement procedures of prevention, protection, and prosecution....
6/14/2010 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....
5/28/2010 National Security Strategy Vows to Support Rights of Women and Girls
The National Security Strategy released by the Obama administration yesterday includes a section that vows to support the rights of women and girls....
5/14/2010 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....
5/12/2010 Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in New Gas Attack
Two suspected gas attacks on Afghan schoolgirls sickened dozens of girls from the northern Kunduz Province and at least six from Kabul yesterday....
5/6/2010 Feminist Global Heroes Honored
On May 4, at a dinner event in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation gave its sixth annual Eleanor Roosevelt awards to three women and one man who have distinguished themselves in service of global women's rights. The awardees were novelist/activist Khaled Hosseini, feminist and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, formerly imprisoned Iranian graduate student activist Esha Momeni and Ms....
4/30/2010 Women Will Serve on US Navy Submarines
The United States Navy announced yesterday that women are no longer banned from military submarines....
4/26/2010 Dozens of Afghan Schoolgirls Ill after Alleged Gas Poisonings
At least 88 Afghan schoolgirls and teachers have become ill after suspected poison gas attacks at three schools in the past week....
4/15/2010 Global Maternal Mortality Drops, Afghanistan Has Highest Rate
The average rate at which mothers die during childbirth has dropped globally by approximately 40 percent since 1980, according to a study recently released by The Lancet, a European medical journal....
4/15/2010 Afghan Woman Murdered as She Leaves Work
An 18-year-old Afghan woman was murdered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as she left work Tuesday....
3/19/2010 Christiane Amanpour to Anchor Sunday Morning's "This Week"
ABC announced yesterday that Christiane Amanpour will be the new anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show This Week....
3/11/2010 Clinton Presents International Women of Courage Awards
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama awarded 10 honorees with the International Women of Courage Award yesterday at the State Department. Among Clinton's remarks, she said "we are honoring women from around the world who have endured isolation and intimidation, violence and imprisonment....
3/1/2010 Pentagon to Review Combat Restriction
US Army Chief of Staff General George Casey told the US Senate last week that the Pentagon will reassess the ban on women in the Army's infantry....
2/25/2010 Afghan Women Must be Included in Reconciliation Process
Dr....
2/24/2010 US Navy to Allow Women On Submarines
The United States Navy plans to allow women on submarines for the first time, military officials announced yesterday....
2/24/2010 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....
2/16/2010 Army Releases Single Mother on Administrative Discharge
The US Army decided last week to dismiss specialist and single mother Alexis Hutchinson with an other-than-honorable discharge instead of a court-martial....
1/29/2010 Clinton Speaks on Women and Girls at Afghan Conference
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke briefly yesterday about the need for Afghan women and girls to be involved in the transition of security to the Afghan military....
1/28/2010 Some Feminist Issues Addressed in State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama mentioned several feminist issues in his second State of the Union address last night....
1/25/2010 Boxer Pushes for Focus on Women at Upcoming Afghanistan Conference
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday urging a stronger focus on Afghan women and girls at an international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London this week. In her letter, Boxer indicated deep concern that women are "not being viewed as an essential element" in the US's Afghanistan stabilization strategy....
1/19/2010 Two Women Karzai Nominees Rejected
The Afghan parliament rejected more than half of President Karzai's cabinet nominees, including two women, late last week....
12/17/2009 Taliban Destroys Pakistani Girls School
A Pakistani primary school for girls was destroyed Monday in the country's Khyber district, near Peshawar, which is in the western region bordering Afghanistan....
12/1/2009 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....
12/1/2009 Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls
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....
11/30/2009 UN Launches Violence Against Women in Afghanistan Campaign
The UN announced a 16 day campaign to eliminate violence against women in Afghanistan in a press conference today....
11/17/2009 Girls' School Bombed in Pakistan
A Pakistani middle school for girls was bombed late last night near Peshawar, which is in the northern region bordering Afghanistan....
11/2/2009 UN Calls for Renewed Commitment to Lower Maternal Mortality
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) two conferences in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, brought together more than 150 health ministers last week who called for a renewed commitment to lower maternal mortality by 2015....
10/20/2009 Suicide Attack Targets Women's Cafeteria at Pakistan University
Two suicide bombers attacked the International Islamic University in Pakistan today, targeting a women's cafeteria and the Islamic law department....
10/13/2009 Pelosi Responds to Sexist GOP Statement
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded last Thursday to a Republican press release criticizing her stance to scale back troops in Afghanistan....
9/22/2009 Co-Ed School Bombed in Pakistan
Taliban insurgents are suspected of bombing a coeducational primary school last Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan....
9/22/2009 First Woman Appointed to Lead Army Drill Sergeant School
Command Sergeant Major Teresa King takes charge of the Drill Sergeant School, the Army's largest training institution for drill sergeants, in Fort Jackson, SC today and is the first woman ever appointed to head the school....
9/11/2009 US Contractors in Afghanistan Accused of Sex Trafficking
Contractors hired to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been accused of sex trafficking....
9/9/2009 Student Sentenced to Death for Downloading Women's Rights Article Freed
Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, who was originally sentenced to death in Afghanistan for distributing information regarding the role of women in Islam in October 2007 is now free....
8/31/2009 Women Were Unable to Vote in Some Parts of Afghanistan
Reports indicate that many women were unable to vote in some parts of Afghanistan and that women's voting cards were used to stuff ballot boxes in the country's presidential election earlier this month....
8/24/2009 Women's Fingers Cut Off in Afghan Election Violence
The Taliban allegedly cut off the fingers of at least two Afghan women that voted in last week's presidential election....
8/21/2009 Women Face Obstacles to Vote in Afghan Election
Afghan women faced a number of obstacles to voting yesterday in Afghanistan's presidential election....
8/18/2009 Women's Vote Threatened in Afghanistan
The participation of many Afghan women in Thursday's elections is threatened by strict polling regulations and fraud....
8/17/2009 Poll Indicates Some Support for Women in Combat
A poll released Saturday by CBS and the New York Times indicates that just 53 percent of American adults support military women serving in combat roles....
8/14/2009 Revised Shia Law Published Days Before Afghanistan Elections
The controversial Shia family law, with some revisions, that restricts the rights of Shia women in Afghanistan was published in the country's official Gazette on July 27th, making the law's provisions official....
7/15/2009 Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Maternal Health in Afghanistan
Congresswomen and global health administrators held a briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday to highlight the issue of maternal health in Afghanistan....
7/10/2009 Afghanistan Amends Shia Law
Afghanistan's Justice Ministry yesterday released a revision of the controversial Shia law that legalized rape within marriage, among other provisions....
7/9/2009 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....
7/8/2009 Number of Homeless Female Veterans Rising
The number of homeless female veterans has doubled in the past decade, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), even though the overall number of homeless veterans has decreased....
6/23/2009 Girls' School Bombed in Pakistan
A bomb destroyed a girls' primary school early Sunday in Pakistan....
5/28/2009 Britain Reviewing Ban on Women in Face-to-Face Combat
The British Ministry of Defense announced this week that they will review a policy barring women from serving in military positions that could require them to kill an enemy in close combat....
5/12/2009 Afghan Schoolgirls Ill, Potentially Poisoned
Three Afghan schools have now been affected by alleged gas poisoning targeting schoolgirls....
5/5/2009 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....
4/28/2009 Karzai Vows Amendments to Afghan Shia Law
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in a press conference yesterday that a controversial Shia Family law whose implementation would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, will be amended and that the human rights of women and girls will be respected by the law....
4/17/2009 Afghan Government will Revise Controversial Law, Says Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that his government will revise a controversial law that would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, among other provisions....
4/15/2009 Afghan Women Protesting Law Pelted
Hundreds of Afghan women protesting a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights were outnumbered by hundreds of the law's supporters today in Kabul....
4/15/2009 Taliban Executes Young Couple in Afghanistan
A young Afghan couple who tried to elope were publicly executed by a firing squad Monday by the Taliban in Nimroz, a southwestern province....
4/14/2009 Controversial Afghan Law will not be Implemented, Ambassador Says
Afghan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad said this past weekend that a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month will not go into effect. The Ambassador told Bloomberg that "it will not become the law because it contradicts some important principles of the Afghan constitution." Karzai, according to news sources, signed the bill to court the Hazara vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to Jawad, Karzai signed the law without being aware of all of its provisions and has sent the likely unconstitutional law to be reviewed by the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the Afghan Supreme Court....
4/13/2009 Afghan Woman Politician and Women's Rights Activist Killed in Kandahar
Sitara Achakzai, a Kandahar provincial council member and women's rights activist, was murdered by gunmen outside her home yesterday....
4/8/2009 Afghanistan will Review New Shia Law that Restricts Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced this weekend that the Afghan government, specifically the minister of justice, will review a new Shia family law he signed sometime last month that would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
4/1/2009 Afghan Women's Rights may be Severely Restricted by New Law
A new Shia family law signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month, but not yet published, would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
3/30/2009 Clinton Speaks on Women's Rights and Foreign Policy
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke on the integral role women's rights have in foreign policy and security Friday at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) national conference. In her remarks, Clinton said "A society that denies and demeans women's rights and roles is a society that is more likely to engage in behavior that is negative, anti-democratic and leads to violence and extremism....As we integrate our military and civilian assets with a mission for disrupting and defeating al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we cannot lose sight that assisting women's development in those countries is part of America's strategy to be successful," according to the Houston Chronicle. At the conference, Clinton received Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award, stated the PPFA....
3/27/2009 Feminists Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
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3/27/2009 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)....
3/26/2009 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....
3/13/2009 Women's Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Afghanistan
A team of all-female marines who are part of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force in Afghanistan has conducted their first mission....
3/11/2009 Afghan Student's 20 Year Sentence for Supporting Women's Rights Upheld by Supreme Court
Afghan student and journalist Parwez Kambakhsh's sentence of 20 years in prison for blasphemy after he circulated an article about women's rights under Islam was recently upheld by Afghanistan's Supreme Court....
3/4/2009 Girls Return to School in Pakistan's Swat Valley
A deal has been struck between the provincial government and local officials and militants in a northern part of Pakistan known as the Swat Valley that will allow girls to return to school there....
2/27/2009 French Women's Group to Establish Official Chapter in Morocco
Ni Putes Ni Soumises, a French women's group working to combat violence against France's large Muslim women immigrant population plans to open its first formal chapter in Morocco....
2/19/2009 Taliban Peace Deal Leads to Controversial Shariah Law in Pakistan Region
A peace deal has been struck between local officials and Taliban militants in a northern part of Pakistan known as the Swat Valley that will allow the Taliban to implement Shariah law in the region if their armed campaign ends....
1/12/2009 Afghan Rape Victim Forced to Undergo Violent Abortion
A 14-year-old rape victim was admitted to an Afghan hospital in critical condition recently when she contracted an infection after a forced abortion....
1/5/2009 Taliban Announces New Education Bans on Women and Girls
Pamphlets distributed by the Taliban in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan yesterday impose a ban on co-educational schooling in the region....
12/18/2008 Afghan Editor Receives Courage in Journalism Award
Afghan journalist Farida Nekzad was honored by the International Women's Media Foundation with a Courage in Journalism Award for her support of women's rights and freedom of the press in Afghanistan....
12/5/2008 Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC Endorse Carolyn Maloney for NY Senate Seat
The Feminist Majority Political Action Committee and the National Organization for Women (NOW) Political Action Committee announced their endorsement of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for appointment to the U.S....
12/3/2008 Arrests Made in Acid Attack on Afghan Schoolgirls
Ten Taliban insurgents have been arrested in the case of an acid attack against schoolgirls that took place in November outside of the Mirwais Nika Girls High School in the southern city of Kandahar....
11/13/2008 Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in Acid Attack
A group of Afghan girls walking to school were sprayed with battery acid by two men on motorcycles Wednesday....
11/11/2008 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....
10/29/2008 Sexual Trauma Affects Many Women Veterans
A new study presented yesterday to the American Public Health Association has found that one in seven women military veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts seeking Veterans' Administration (VA) medical care report having experienced sexual trauma during their service....
10/23/2008 Support for Women's Rights May Cost Afghan Student 20 Years
Afghan student Parwez Kambakhsh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for blasphemy, having circulated an article about women's rights under Islam, reports the Los Angeles Times....
9/29/2008 Top Afghan Policewoman Killed by Taliban Assassins
Two Taliban gunmen shot and killed Malalai Kakar, the head of Kandahar city's department of crimes against women, as she left for work on Sunday, according to BBC News....
9/2/2008 Rapists Freed in Afghanistan to be Investigated
There will be a full investigation into the case of two convicted rapists who were given a pardon by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May....
8/14/2008 Taliban Kill Three Women Aid Workers in Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen shot three International Rescue Committee (IRC) workers and their local driver near Kabul on Wednesday....
8/8/2008 Rape, Sex Abuse of Afghan Girls Continues
Afghan girls continue to be sexually exploited, reported the Afghan Interior Ministry Thursday....
8/5/2008 Jailed Afghan Mothers Allowed to Live With Their Children in Prison
A policy intended to fight child poverty and ensure child safety allows incarcerated Afghan women to live with their children while in prison....
8/4/2008 First Afghan Woman Elected to CEDAW
Zohra Rasekh has been elected to the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
7/23/2008 US Female Soldiers Speak Out Against Sexual Assault
With over 190,000 women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, female soldiers have brought sexual assault in the military to the attention of military authorities and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)....
7/21/2008 Need for Survival Fuels Sex Work, High Birth Rate Kills Mothers in Afghanistan
Women and young girls are being pushed to commercial sex work due to high food prices and widespread unemployment in Afghanistan....
7/14/2008 Afghan Woman Athlete Seeks Political Asylum
Mehbooba Andyar, Afghan's only female athlete scheduled to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, disappeared from her training facility in Formia, Italy, on July 4, just weeks before the opening ceremonies....
7/9/2008 Afghan Warlords Abuse Boys
United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, took on the practice of young boys being kept as sex slaves by powerful warlords....
6/20/2008 VA Promises Improved Health Care for Women Vets
Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake said on Friday that the agency is working to improve the health care offered to women vets....
6/16/2008 Women Vets Receive Inferior Medical Care
An internal VA study found that female veterans have more difficulty obtaining quality outpatient healthcare than their male counterparts....
6/16/2008 Cruel Facts of Afghan Redevelopment
A meeting of international donors in Paris last week revealed many disconcerting facts related to the redevelopment in Afghanistan, after the Bush Administration promised a Marshall Plan for the country....
4/28/2008 Afghan Girls Missing Out on Education
Afghan girls make up only 35% of students in Afghanistan, and despite an overall increase in students, the percentage of girls enrolled is not increasing....
4/16/2008 Ten Schools in Afghanistan Attacked Since March
At least ten schools in Afghanistan have been attacked since school began on March 23....
4/9/2008 Senators Propose Bill to Improve Women Veteran's Health Care
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill last week that would require the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to improve health care for women veterans....
4/8/2008 Military Contractor in Iraq Faces More Rape Allegations
Another woman has come forward with allegations of rape by both a fellow KBR employee and a US soldier while working for KBR in Iraq....
3/12/2008 Woman Receives Military Honors for Tour in Afghanistan
Army Specialist Monica Lin Brown earned the prestigious Silver Star for saving the lives of her fellow soldiers in Afghanistan....
2/26/2008 Kentucky House Passes HPV Vaccine Requirement
The Kentucky House of Representatives voted 56-37 last week to require girls in public and private middle schools receive the HPV vaccine....
2/26/2008 UN and US Lawmakers Fight Forced Marriage
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) launched a Week of Action against Child Marriage on Capitol Hill yesterday....
2/4/2008 Major Report Reveals Afghanistan Faltering
The Afghan Study Group (ASG), composed of a bipartisan group of leading scholars and experts on Afghanistan, released a report yesterday stating that "the mission to stabilize Afghanistan is faltering"....
1/31/2008 Afghan Women Demonstrate Against Kidnapping of American Woman
Hundreds of Afghan women gathered Tuesday to protest the kidnapping of US aid worker Cyd Mizell....
1/24/2008 Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death
Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, a 23 year old journalist in Afghanistan, was sentenced to death for distributing information regarding the role of women in Islam....
12/21/2007 Congress Approves Funding for Programs for Afghan Women
The omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and sent to the White House yesterday includes $75,000,000 for programs that aid Afghan women and girls....
12/7/2007 House to Investigate Afghan Maternity Hospital
The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep....
11/29/2007 Feminist Legislative Roundup
Congress will be in session briefly in December, when there will be an opportunity to pass bills crucial for women’s rights. A bill to address the growing birth control pricing crisis has been introduced in both the House and the Senate....
10/15/2007 Maternal Mortality: Appalling Lack of Progress Globally and in the US
In advance of the upcoming Women Deliver conference in London, a report released Friday shows that worldwide maternal mortality rates have been declining at a rate of less than one percent a year....
10/12/2007 Congresswoman Maloney Fights for Afghan Women’s Programs
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with eight co-signers, has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs in support of funding for programs for Afghan women and Afghan women’s rights....
9/18/2007 Sexually Explicit Magazines Return to Army Exchanges After 10 Year Ban
Penthouse, along with Playgirl and Ultra for Men, returned to Army and Air Force military exchanges this summer after being banned 10 years ago by a Pentagon review board for being sexually explicit....
9/7/2007 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....
8/30/2007 New Report Shows Hope, Dire Conditions in Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency released a report today assessing the status of economic and social rights in Afghanistan....
6/19/2007 Quarter of Afghan Children Forced to Work
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced yesterday that almost one quarter of Afghan children are forced to work....
6/18/2007 Violence in Afghanistan Surges; Taliban Commits Deadliest Attack Since 2001
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomber who blew up a bus transporting police recruits in Afghanistan yesterday....
6/14/2007 Fatal Shooting Outside Afghan Girls' School
Two gunmen killed two girls and wounded six others, including a teacher, outside a girls' school in Logar Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday....
6/7/2007 US House Approves Afghanistan Aid Bill with Provisions for Afghan Women and Girls
The US House of Representatives voted 406 to 10 yesterday to pass an omnibus bill that will provide security and economic assistance to Afghanistan and will limit funds given to warlords in high-level offices....
6/6/2007 Afghan Radio Owner and Reporter Killed
Zakia Zaki, the owner and manager of Peace Radio and a headmaster of a girls' school in Parwan province, was shot dead inside her home early this morning....
5/24/2007 Bill Including Major Provisions for Afghan Women Moves Out of Committee
A comprehensive bill for assistance, stability, and security in Afghanistan was introduced in the House and voted out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a unanimous voice vote yesterday....
5/22/2007 Women's Rights Activist Suspended from Afghan Parliament
Women's rights activist and lawmaker Malalai Joya, a 29-year-old from the Farah province, was suspended from the Afghan Parliament yesterday after she described the Parliament as a barn full of animals....
5/18/2007 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....
5/11/2007 New Report Ranks Best and Worst Countries for Mothers and Children
In its annual "Mother's Day Report Card," Save the Children this week released a ranking of the best and worst countries for mothers and children....
5/3/2007 Italian Women Opposing Military Base Bring Fight to Washington
Women leaders of an Italian grassroots movement to protest construction of an American military base in Vicenza, Italy arrived in Washington this week to plead their case on Capitol Hill....
3/29/2007 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....
3/27/2007 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....
3/23/2007 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....
2/20/2007 House Vote Reveals Gender Gap in Opposition to Troop Escalation in Iraq
When the House of Representatives voted on Friday to oppose President Bush’s plan to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, a marked gender gap emerged....
2/6/2007 Bush's New Budget Allocates an Extra $28M for Abstinence-Only
President Bush's newly released 2008 budget proposal allocates more money for faith-based abstinence-only education programs and no increases for family planning services....
1/16/2007 Afghanistan: Drought-Stricken Villagers Resort to Selling Child-Brides
A second drought in Afghanistan has affected over two-and-a-half million villagers, some of whom are selling their young daughters as brides in order to feed and clothe their families....
12/13/2006 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....
12/5/2006 Afghan Teacher Murdered for Educating Girls
A teacher from Afghanistan was murdered recently for disobeying Taliban orders to stop educating girls....
11/16/2006 Conference Seeks to End Self-Immolation in Afghanistan
A conference to find solutions to a growing problem of self-immolation in Afghanistan and other countries began on Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan....
11/14/2006 Tribal Elders Work to Reopen Schools in Southern Afghanistan
Over 20 schools have reopened in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand after being demolished by the Taliban insurgency, IRIN, a UN newswire, reported last week....
10/30/2006 Afghan Women Lack Access to Contraceptives, Still Need Basic Healthcare
Only 10 percent of married Afghan women ages 15 to 49 use a form of contraceptives....
10/11/2006 Afghan Women Demand Greater Protection from Government
Four Afghan women's groups came together to demand greater protection from violence against women in a demonstration on Thursday....
10/3/2006 Frist: Taliban Should Be Incorporated into Afghan Government
US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) made comments yesterday about the Taliban’s extensive presence in Afghanistan, the unlikelihood that the war against the Taliban could be won militarily, and the need to incorporate "people who call themselves the Taliban" into the Afghan government....
9/25/2006 Afghan Women's Affairs Provincial Director Killed
Safia Amajan, the provincial director of Afghanistan's Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kandahar, was killed by gunman today outside of her home....
9/18/2006 Increase in Honor Killings in Afghanistan
There has been a significant increase in so-called honor killings of women in Afghanistan from last year, announced the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Friday....
9/11/2006 Focus Must Return to Afghan Women -- Before It's Too Late
Afghan women's rights are slipping away....
8/17/2006 UN Study Declares Violence against Women a Widespread Problem in Afghanistan
A new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is shedding light on the extent of violence against women in Afghanistan....
8/10/2006 Taliban Kills Woman and Son in Afghanistan
A woman and her son were killed Monday in Dast Mastan, Afghanistan, by Taliban militants on accusations of spying for local troops and the local government....
7/26/2006 'Close to Anarchy' in Afghanistan
NATO's commander in Afghanistan recently described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy," saying Afghan and coalition forces are "running out of time"....
7/20/2006 Possible Return of Taliban’s Religious Police Threatens Afghan Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his cabinet have approved the reestablishment of the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice....
7/12/2006 Taliban Attacks on Afghan Girls' Schools Increase
Taliban militia bombings, burnings of girls' schools, and the killing of teachers are increasing at an alarming rate as the Taliban resurgence continues to gain strength....
5/31/2006 Afghan Parliament Rejects Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice
Afghanistan's parliament rejected with a vote of 117 to 77 President Hamid Karzai's reappointment of an extreme conservative for chief justice of the Supreme Court....
5/30/2006 Taliban Militants Kill Three Women Aid Workers, Girls School Attacked
Taliban militants killed three women working for Action Aid, a German-funded non-governmental organization, in the Jowzjan province today....
5/9/2006 Female Legislator in Afghanistan Attacked by Colleagues
Malalai Joya was physically and verbally attacked by her colleagues in Afghanistan's parliament yesterday after she said that some of her fellow lawmakers were warlords and shouldn't be allowed to sit in parliament....
4/25/2006 New Cabinet in Afghanistan Includes No Women
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new cabinet currently includes no women....
4/17/2006 Report Shows Continued Violence and Discrimination Against Afghan Women
A new report on the current status of Afghan women and girls issued by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) demonstrates that Afghan women and girls continue to face extreme obstacles and discrimination as they seek to exercise their rights....
3/17/2006 Number of Reported Sexual Assaults in the Military Up in 2005
A report released this week by the Pentagon shows that reported sexual assaults in the military increased in 2005 by 40 percent over 2004....
3/15/2006 Senator Boxer Introduces Bill for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Afghan Women Empowerment Act of 2006 last week, which authorizes funding for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC, and Afghan women-led nonprofit organizations (NGOs) to promote the rights of women and to provide services for women and girls in Afghanistan....
2/23/2006 Afghan Legislator Calls for Enforcement of Chaperones for Women
Afghan women would be forbidden to travel without a male chaperone if a male member of the Afghan parliament has his way....
2/2/2006 Three Afghan Schools Destroyed
Three newly built, coeducational schools in the Helmand province Afghanistan were destroyed by arson on Friday by suspected Taliban militants....
1/5/2006 International Peacekeeping Troops to Increase in Afghanistan
For several years, feminists have urged that the number of international peacekeeping (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan be increased and that they be deployed throughout the nation....
1/3/2006 Afghan Women's Rights Editor Released From Prison
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been released from prison....
12/19/2005 Afghan Man Killed by Taliban for Teaching Girls
Armed men reportedly shot and killed a male secondary school teacher in Afghanistan for teaching girls....
12/13/2005 Women's Rights Editor Jailed in Afghanistan Faces Increasing Threats
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison, is facing increasing calls for harsher punishments, including a recent fatwa demanding that Nasab repent or be executed....
11/8/2005 Husband Arrested in Death of Afghan Women Poet
Nadia Anjuman, a 25-year-old poet who was gaining recognition after publishing her first book of poetry, was beaten to death last Tuesday in the western Afghan city of Herat....
10/24/2005 Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Convicted
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been sentenced to two years in jail by for criticizing punishments doled out because of interpretations of Sharia (Islamic) law....
10/14/2005 Afghan Women's Rights Editor on Trial for Blasphemy
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the male editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan who was arrested and jailed on October 1, is now on trial on charges of blasphemy....
10/11/2005 Editor of Afghan Women's Rights Magazine Remains Jailed
The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine has been jailed for ten days so far on charges of publishing articles criticizing execution and other severe punishments for adultery, thievery, and murder under Sharia (Islamic) law....
10/7/2005 Women's Rights Activists Among Winners in Afghan Election
On the fourth anniversary of the US bombing of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban, Afghanistan has begun releasing the first results from its parliamentary election on September 18....
10/5/2005 Women's Rights Magazine Editor Arrested in Afghanistan
The editor of an Afghan women's rights monthly magazine was arrested on Saturday in Kabul....
9/20/2005 SPECIAL REPORT: Brave Afghan Women Vote, Run for Office Amidst Violence
Media reports on the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on Sunday were varied and scant....
9/16/2005 Afghans to Vote Sunday
The citizens of Afghanistan will vote on Sunday for a national assembly and members of 34 provincial councils....
8/18/2005 Afghan Women Run for Office Amid Increasing Intimidation and Threats
Nearly 600 Afghan women are running for office in the country's first legislative elections since the fall of the Taliban in 2001....
8/12/2005 UNICEF Declares State of Acute Emergency for Afghan Women and Children
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has declared a state of 'acute emergency' for women and children in Afghanistan due to unacceptably high maternal and child mortality rates....
8/10/2005 Afghan Woman Executed by Taliban
An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday....
7/21/2005 Iraq Constitution Could be Setback for Women's Rights
Women's groups in Iraq held protests on Tuesday over draft language in the new Iraqi constitution that threatens to severely limit women's rights....
7/19/2005 Afghan Women Still Face Extreme Violence, Reports UN Expert
United Nations expert Yakin Erturk said that violence against women in Afghanistan is commonplace, pointing to forced and child marriages as the primary cause of violence....
6/24/2005 Girls School Attacked in Afghanistan
An Afghan girls school was attacked yesterday in the Logar province, the most recent in a series of attacks on girls' education in Afghanistan....
6/23/2005 Afghan Refugee Camps in Pakistan Close Due to Lack of Security
Security concerns on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have resulted in the closing of 16 Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan over the past two weeks....
6/13/2005 French Woman Journalist Held Captive in Iraq Freed Yesterday
French journalist Florence Aubenas, who was abducted in Baghdad on January 5, was freed on Sunday along with her interpreter Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi....
6/10/2005 Woman Aid Worker Released in Afghanistan
Clementina Cantoni, an Italian aid worker abducted May 16 while working for CARE International in Kabul, was released yesterday after being held hostage for 24 days....
6/6/2005 Afghan Women Still Suffer Violence, Abuse
Women in Afghanistan still face violence and abuse both within their families and at the hands of the police or judicial system, according to a new report from Amnesty International....
6/1/2005 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....
5/26/2005 House Revises Amendment on Women in Combat
The House of Representatives passed the 2006 military authorization bill late yesterday without an amendment to restrict women’s roles in the military....
5/20/2005 Attacks on Aid Workers Continue in Afghanistan
Eleven Afghans connected to a USAID-funded project have been killed this week in two separate attacks as violence against humanitarian aid workers is escalating daily....
5/19/2005 House Committee Approves New Measure on Women's Military Service
The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment yesterday that would block women from serving in new positions related to direct ground combat, unless the Army first obtained Congressional approval to place women in those roles....
5/17/2005 Woman Aid Worker Kidnapped in Kabul
In another in a series of attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan, an Italian woman working for CARE International was abducted Monday evening in Kabul....
5/16/2005 House Subcommittee Approves Ban on Women in Combat
In an effort to keep women from "direct ground combat," the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel approved a measure to ban women from some combat support units....
4/25/2005 Afghan Woman Reportedly Stoned to Death
Mixed reports are circulating that an Afghan woman was stoned to death for reportedly committing adultery in the northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan....
4/22/2005 President Karzai Urges Islamists to Ban Forced Marriages
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is urging Islamists to end forced marriages and to fight violence against women....
4/19/2005 UN Reports Large Gender Gap in Education Worldwide
A new United Nations reports shows a majority of the 115 million children worldwide who are excluded from receiving an education are girls....
4/18/2005 Female Aid Worker Killed in Iraq
Marla Ruzicka, a 28-year-old American aid worker and activist, was killed by a suicide bomb that was directed towards a convoy of US contractors in Iraq while she was on her way to visit an injured Iraqi girl....
4/15/2005 Pakistan's Islamists Introduce Bill Banning Women in Advertising
Pakistan’s conservative Islamist party alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), introduced a bill to ban women from appearing in advertisements....
3/23/2005 Kofi Annan Calls For Sustained International Support for Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed the need for international assistance for Afghanistan to continue far beyond the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place this September....
3/18/2005 Afghan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Until September; Bomb Blast Kills Five
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that the parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in May will be postponed until September, citing technical problems for the delay....
3/9/2005 First Woman Appointed Governor in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's first female provincial governor was appointed by President Hamid Karzai last week....
3/1/2005 Women’s Rights Leaders Call on US to Reaffirm Historic Platform
Leading women's rights and human rights leaders are calling on the Bush Administration to reaffirm the historic women's rights platform that is currently being reviewed at the United Nations....
2/28/2005 Afghanistan's Parliamentary Elections Delayed
The first post-Taliban parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in Afghanistan have been postponed due to security and logistical concerns....
2/22/2005 UN Reports that Afghanistan Could Easily Slip Back Into Chaos
The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) first ever Afghanistan Human Development Report found that while the country has made progress since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan could easily fall back into chaos....
2/15/2005 Karzai to Appoint First Female Governor in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will appoint a female provincial governor for the first time in Afghanistan's history....
2/1/2005 Women's Radio Station Relaunched in Afghanistan; Resources Needed
The Voice of Afghan Women, an Afghan radio station devoted to the interests of women, has been re-launched in Afghanistan....
1/25/2005 Ashcroft Opts Out of Aiding Guatemalan Asylum Seeker
US Attorney General John Ashcroft will neither grant nor deny asylum to a Guatemalan woman who fled her country after ten years of abuse at the hands of her husband, including being raped, whipped with electrical cords, and threatened with death....
1/11/2005 Afghanistan's New Cabinet Includes Three Women
President Hamid Karzai recently announced twenty-seven ministers that will serve in his new Cabinet, including three women....
12/14/2004 Bush’s New Cabinet Would Include Four Women
President Bush's new Cabinet will include at least four women, if his nominees are approved by the US Senate....
12/10/2004 Maternal Mortality Rates Soar
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that the Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world....
12/8/2004 Governments Fail to Protect Women from Violence During War
A leading human rights group has issued a global call to action to challenge violence against women and the failure of governments to prevent it....
12/7/2004 International Conference Held To Combat Honor Killings
Over 200 activists from around the world are meeting today in Sweden for an international conference to combat honor killings....
11/23/2004 Female Hostages Released In Afghanistan and Iraq
Three United Nations election workers, two women and a man, were freed unharmed this morning after being abducted from a United Nations vehicle last month in Afghanistan....
10/28/2004 Three Election Workers Abducted in Afghanistan
Three election workers, believed to be two women and a man, were abducted from a United Nations vehicle today in Kabul....
10/27/2004 US Army Considers Including Women in New Combat Structure
The United States Army is currently in discussions with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's staff about formally including women in the new brigade combat team structure the Army plans to implement early next year....
10/25/2004 Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan Girl and American Woman in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed an Afghan girl and an American woman and wounded five others in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday....
10/5/2004 Leading Human Rights Group Urges US to Enact Afghan Women's Bill
After conducting over one hundred extensive interviews with Afghan women, a leading human rights group has concluded that threats against women by warlords and the Taliban are undermining women’s participation in Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections....
10/4/2004 Women, Violence, and the Elections in Afghanistan
As he did in Thursday night’s debate, President Bush repeatedly refers to the number of people registering to vote in Afghanistan for the October 9 Afghan presidential election....
9/28/2004 Representatives Question Security on Eve of Elections in Afghanistan
Members of the House International Relations Committee examined the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan during a hearing on US security policy in Afghanistan last Thursday....
9/13/2004 Aid Offices Attacked After Karzai Fires Warlord Governor
Aid workers fled a Western city of Afghanistan after four United Nations offices and an Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission office were violently attacked and burned down....
9/9/2004 Afghan Chief Justice Attacks Male Candidate for Remarks on Women's Rights
The Chief Justice of the Afghan Supreme Court has demanded that candidate Latif Pedram be expelled from the presidential race for questioning marital laws....
9/7/2004 Candidates Begin Campaigning for Afghanistan's Presidential Elections
Despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the upcoming elections in Afghanistan, campaigns for the first post-Taliban elections began today....
9/3/2004 Voter Registration in Afghanistan Flawed
While reports show that there are over 10 million people registered to vote in Afghanistan's October presidential elections, it has become evident that the election registration process is Afghanistan is seriously flawed....
9/1/2004 Republican Party Openly Woos Women at RNC
Last night at the Republican National Convention, Laura Bush, in an obvious appeal to women voters, stated that the Taliban has been removed from Afghanistan, allowing girls to go to school, and women to work....
8/31/2004 Taliban Commits Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan
The American Security Company, Dyncorps Inc., suffered a deadly attack in Kabul by a car bomb killing ten people, including three Americans....
8/26/2004 UN Warns of Increased Taliban Attacks and Calls for More Support
The United Nations mission to Afghanistan has warned that the Taliban and other extremist groups will likely increase their attacks before Afghanistan's presidential elections are to take place this October....
8/16/2004 Afghan Woman Runs for President Despite Death Threats
Massouda Jalal, an Afghan woman who is one of the 18 candidates for President in Afghanistan, is determined to defeat President Karzai in the first post-Taliban elections that are scheduled to take place in October....
8/12/2004 Deployment of Extra Peacekeeping Troops to Afghanistan Still Unclear
Earlier this week, the French and German-led military unit, Eurocorps, took command of NATO peacekeeping forces (ISAF) in Kabul....
8/10/2004 New Health Education Initiative for Afghan Women Lacks Family Planning Info
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to distribute 20,000 specially designed interactive talking books to women in Afghanistan as part of an effort to reduce Afghanistan’s appallingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality rates, Agence France-Press reported yesterday....
8/9/2004 Afghan Rights Activist Expects Death; Aid Agency Scales Down Operations
A leading Afghan women’s rights activist, Malaly Joya, expects to be killed for her opposition against former warlords....
8/4/2004 Two Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan
In another deadly attack against civilians, two Afghans working for a German aid agency were killed in southeastern Afghanistan....
8/2/2004 Report: Afghanistan Could Implode With Terrible Consequences
A recent British Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs report asserts that the improvement of security in Afghanistan is one of the highest priorities in the world....
7/28/2004 At Least Two Killed at Polling Centers in Afghanistan, Aid Group Leaves
At least two people were killed, including a member of the Afghan election coordinating body, by an explosion at a polling center in Ghazni, Afghanistan....
7/13/2004 Women's Groups Demand Restoration of Critical Family Planning Funds
A massive effort organized by a broad-based coalition of women's rights and health organizations, environmentalists, HIV/AIDS organizations, and religious organizations joined together to call President Bush today to demand that he reinstate critical funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
7/8/2004 Afghan Elections Postponed; Female Election Worker Killed
The first post-Taliban elections that were scheduled to take place in September have been delayed due to slow voter registration and insecurity created by Taliban-like militia and so-called warlords....
6/29/2004 Bush Policies on Iraq and Afghanistan Fail Women
Several leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on its policies in Iraq and Afghanistan that affect women, including women's political participation, health, and security....
6/28/2004 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....
6/21/2004 Two UN Elections Offices Attacked in Afghanistan
A United Nations Election Office located near Kabul, Afghanistan was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades early this morning....
6/17/2004 Security Situation Continues to Worsen in Afghanistan
Four Afghan civilians, including two children, were killed by a roadside bomb aimed at the international peacekeeping force (ISAF) in Afghanistan this week....
6/14/2004 US Watchdog Urges Improvement of US Strategy in Afghanistan
The General Accounting Office (GAO) recently issued a report stating that while US humanitarian and short-term assistance benefited Afghanistan in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, longer-term reconstruction projects achieved limited results due to late funding and lack of a comprehensive reconstruction strategy....
6/11/2004 Chinese Workers Latest Fatalities in Taliban Crusade to Derail Elections in Afghanistan
Yesterday, gunmen killed an Afghan guard and 11 Chinese road workers as they slept in the Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan....
6/8/2004 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....
6/4/2004 Aid Workers Killed and Women Threatened in Afghanistan
Five humanitarian aid workers were killed a few months before the first elections in Afghanistan are to take place....
6/4/2004 Army Report Finds Increase in Sexual Assault
An internal Army report released yesterday acknowledged the alarming increase in numbers of rapes and sexual assaults within its ranks and indicated that these crimes may have been facilitated by faults and oversights within the system....
6/3/2004 Representatives Raise Concerns About Lack of Security in Afghanistan
At yesterday's House International Relations Committee hearing on US policy in Afghanistan, several Representatives pressed for more security and reconstruction funding in Afghanistan....
5/24/2004 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....
5/19/2004 Report: Sexual Assault of Women in US Military Major Problem
The Department of Defense (DOD) released a report last week that found 112 cases of sexual assault of women in the military by their male counterparts over the past 18 months in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait....
5/14/2004 Security Is Main Concern in Afghanistan
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Afghanistan on Wednesday, several witnesses asserted that security is the main concern in Afghanistan....
5/7/2004 Afghanistan's Disarmament in Serious Jeopardy
The United Nations has warned that Afghanistan's disarmament program is in "serious jeopardy." According to UN News, the top UN official in Afghanistan warned that the disarmament program is in danger because of obstruction by militiamen in the country....
5/5/2004 Leading Cause of Death for Teenage Girls Is Pregnancy and Childbirth
A leading aid group has reported that teenage girls in the developing world have a high risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications....
5/4/2004 Afghan Girls Poisoned For Going To School
Three girls in Afghanistan were poisoned last week as a punishment for attending school....
4/28/2004 Ban on Female Singers Lifted in Afghanistan
After pressure from reformists in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's party, the ban on women performers on television and radio that was imposed last Friday was lifted....
4/23/2004 LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS FROM 57 COUNTRIES TO MARCH FOR WOMEN’S LIVES
Arlington, VA -- The March for Women’s Lives in Washington this weekend will show that women’s sexual and reproductive rights have enough national and international support to be untouchable by any politician wishing to stay in office, march leaders said today....
4/22/2004 Female Performers Banned From Television and Radio in Afghanistan
Female performers in an Afghan province have been banned from performing on television and radio....
4/6/2004 More Afghan Women Registering to Vote; Registration Remains Low
A United Nations spokesperson has reported that the number of women registering for Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased in the last two weeks....
4/5/2004 Maloney Introduces Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA) and Corrine Brown (D-FL) introduced the "Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004." The act (HR 4117) authorizes $300 million for each of the fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007....
4/1/2004 Donor Countries Pledge Insufficient Funds for Afghanistan
The United Nations and the Afghan government recently warned that Afghanistan needs $27 billion over the next seven years to avoid going back to a state of chaos and lawlessness....
3/29/2004 Afghanistan's Elections Postponed Because of Security Concerns
The first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan, which were scheduled to take place in June, have been postponed until September....
3/15/2004 Women's Groups Grade Bush Administration Record on Women's Issues
Leading women's groups released the third in a series of scorecards rating the Bush Administration on key issues affecting women internationally....
3/12/2004 Air Force Ordered Study on Sexual Misconduct and Rape
An Air Force five-month review found that ninety-two accusations of rape by Air Force personnel were reported to military officials from 2001 to 2003 in the Pacific....
3/10/2004 Women's Rights Leaders Speak Out on Violence Against Women
At a Congressional Forum on International Women's Rights and Security yesterday, several Congresswomen and women's rights leaders asserted that more work needs to be done to end violence against women around the world....
3/8/2004 US Mission to the UN Concerned About Abortion in Beijing Platform
At the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the US mission stated that it might not "reaffirm" the Beijing Platform because of the Bush Administration's concern about "abortion" language in the platform....
3/2/2004 Pentagon Questioned About Sexual Assaults in Military
Both Democrat and Republican Senators questioned top Pentagon officials and officers last week about the military's failure to protect servicewomen from sexual assault, to provide the proper medical treatment and counseling to victims, and to punish the violators....
2/27/2004 Security Concerns May Delay Afghan Elections, US May Arm Militias
Elections in Afghanistan that were planned for June may be postponed due to increased security threats....
2/11/2004 Nigeria: Women Receive Death Penalty for Abortion, Sexual Relations
A leading human rights organization released a report stating that the death penalty in Nigeria is often used in a discriminatory way against women....
1/28/2004 Boxer Introduces Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004
Before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan's stabilization and reconstruction, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced her introduction of the "Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004." The act authorizes $300 million for each of the fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007, earmarking $20 million for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and $10 million for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission each year. This act calls for direct funding for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Afghan women's organizations....
1/16/2004 Security Imperils Voter Registration, Women Make Up 22% of Voters
The number of women registering to vote in Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased....
1/14/2004 Female Singer Aired on Afghanistan's Public Television
For the first time in over a decade, a video with footage of a famous Afghan female singer was broadcast on public television....
1/5/2004 Afghan Women Win Victories in New Constitution
However, Rights Still At Risk From Extremist Judicial Interpretations and Lack of Security Women Loya Jirga delegates and women's rights and human rights advocates won several important concessions in the new Afghan constitution adopted on January 4 following a three-week constitutional assembly in Kabul. The new constitution contains explicit recognition of equal rights for women and men, which was lacking in the draft proposed before the Loya Jirga....
12/31/2003 Female Delegates Win Clear Definition of Citizen in Afghanistan's Constitution
Female delegates of Afghanistan's Loya Jirga won one of their major demands....
12/22/2003 Afghan Women Demand Equal Rights For Women in Constitution
Female delegates attending Afghanistan's Loya Jirga succeeded in winning an agreement to replace the words "citizens of Afghanistan" with the expression "women and men" in one of the articles in the Constitution regarding education....
12/18/2003 UN Envoy, NATO Commander Condemn Inaction on Afghan Peace Troop Expansion
Both UN special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi and NATO Chief George Robertson have warned that the consequences to Afghanistan's future will be disastrous if the international community does not immediately provide the resources and personnel to expand international peacekeeping forces throughout the country. The UN Security Council, NATO, and even the United States - which had been the primary obstacle to peace troop expansion - finally agreed a few months ago to support the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....
12/18/2003 Afghan Woman Loya Jirga Delegate Under UN Protection
Facing threats after she spoke out the appointment of mujahideen commanders to committee chair positions at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, Malalai Joya, a delegate from Farah Province, was placed under United Nations' protection....
12/17/2003 Woman Delegate Protests Selection of Committee Chairmen
Protesting the selection of male commanders as committee chairs at the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan, a female delegate argued on the floor of the Loya Jirga that these mujahadeen fighters brought war to Afghanistan and should be tried in international courts....
12/16/2003 Women Delegates Protest Loya Jirga Voting Process, One Woman Elected
Women delegates at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, grand council, are protesting that their male colleagues are trying to shut them out of leadership positions and that the men treat the women like second-class citizens....
12/10/2003 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....
12/10/2003 Groups Call on Bush to Expand ISAF and Strengthen Afghan Constitution
On the eve of the opening of Afghanistan's Loya Jirga (grand assembly), leading women's rights, human rights, and Afghan organizations sent an open letter to the Bush Administration urging it to take immediate action to improve security in Afghanistan by supporting the full-scale expansion of international peacekeeping forces (ISAF) throughout Afghanistan and measures to protect Loya Jirga delegates. The groups are also calling for stronger protections for women's rights and human rights in Afghanistan's new constitution....
12/9/2003 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....
12/5/2003 Afghanistan Prepares to Debate Constitution; Women's Rights Lacking
This week, delegates from all of Afghanistan's 32 provinces are voting to select the 500 members of the loya jirga (general assembly) that will debate the country's draft constitution....
11/20/2003 Congress and International Organizations Urge Women's Rights and Security
At a House hearing on Afghanistan and its draft constitution, several members of Congress, administration officials, and representatives of international organizations pressed for more protections for women's rights in the constitution and security in Afghanistan....
11/18/2003 UN Aid Worker Slain in Afghanistan; Women Candidates Threatened
A United Nations aid worker was killed on Sunday in Ghazni by two men whom authorities believe are Taliban rebels....
11/14/2003 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....
11/12/2003 Reality Remains Dire for Women in Afghanistan and Iraq
New Afghan Constitution Falls Short for Women WASHINGTON, D.C....
11/12/2003 Women's Groups Grade Bush on Global Women's Issues
Major women's rights organizations released a follow-up scorecard today rating the Bush Administration on key issues affecting women internationally....
11/11/2003 Afghan Minister Says Constitution Lacks Essential Women's Rights Language
Afghanistan's State Minister of Women's Affairs, Mahbuba Hoquqmal, said that the draft constitution released last week does not do enough to guarantee women's rights....
11/5/2003 Afghan Draft Constitution Provides Weak Rights Protections
While the draft constitution that was released this week does contain provisions guaranteeing human rights, equal rights, and non-discrimination for all Afghan citizens, it lacks language that women's rights and human rights advocates had urged explicitly defining "citizens" as both women and men and leaves women's rights in many areas vulnerable to interpretation of Islam....
10/31/2003 New Afghan Constitution Threatened By Violence and Intimidation
A major human rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), sent an open letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai urging him to take action to end the recent attacks and intimidation associated with the election process for the upcoming loya jirga (general assembly)....
10/30/2003 Women Lawmakers Keep Afghan Women Funding in Supplemental
Women members of the House and Senate succeeded in their fight to keep language in the Iraq and Afghanistan Emergency Supplemental appropriations package that provides funds for programs for women and for human rights....
10/28/2003 Threats Surface Against Afghan Women at Foreign NGOs
The Taliban has issued death threats against Afghan women working for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....
10/27/2003 Group Urges Priority for Women's and Human Rights in Afghan Constitution
A leading human rights organization is urging that Afghanistan's new constitution include support for women's and human rights....
10/22/2003 US Draft Resolution on Women's Political Participation Needs Work
Women's rights advocates are calling for concrete measures to increase women's political participation in a US draft resolution that will be considered by the United Nations this month....
10/22/2003 Afghan Children: Victims of Trafficking
Forty-two Afghan children, allegedly victims of trafficking, returned last week to Kabul after being deported by Saudi Arabia....
10/21/2003 Feminist Actress to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Meryl Streep, a two-time Academy Award winner, has been chosen to receive the 32nd American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award....
10/20/2003 Maloney Amendment Requires Support for Afghan Women's and Human Rights
To secure more funds for Afghanistan's reconstruction overall and particularly for Afghan women, women members of the House and Senate pressed for several amendments to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill for Afghanistan and Iraq last week. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) won passage of an amendment that designates that $60 million of Afghanistan reconstruction funds be devoted to programs for women and girls and that another $5 million be appropriated for the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission....
10/17/2003 Women's Rights, Human Rights, and Afghan Groups Urge Increased Funding for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction and Security
WASHINGTON, D.C....
10/14/2003 UN Adopts Resolution to Expand Peacekeeping in Afghanistan
The United Nations Security Council has given NATO approval to expand its peacekeeping mission beyond Kabul....
10/10/2003 Women’s Rights Groups Ask Congress To Increase Funding For Afghanistan
Leading women's rights, human rights, and Afghan groups sent a letter to Congress today urging an increase in funding to adequately meet Afghanistan's reconstruction needs....
10/8/2003 Congresswoman Lee Declares
Last night on the House floor, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) stated that the President's Emergency Supplemental shows that the United States has forgotten about the war on terrorism in Afghanistan....
10/7/2003 GOP Proposes Only Additional $400 Million for Afghanistan
House Republicans called for a $1.7 billion cut in President Bush's emergency supplemental request for the reconstruction funding for Iraq and only a $400 million increase in reconstruction aid for Afghanistan....
10/6/2003 Report: Afghan Women Still Facing Human Rights Abuses
Amnesty International issued a report today asserting that women's rights in Afghanistan have barely improved since the fall of the Taliban....
10/1/2003 Congresswoman Raises Concerns About Plight of Afghan Women
At yesterday's House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Emergency Supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) raised her concerns about the plight of women in Afghanistan....
9/29/2003 Three More Girls' Schools Attacked in Afghanistan
Two schools for girls in northern Afghanistan and one in eastern Afghanistan were burned down by suspected Taliban insurgents....
9/26/2003 Senator Raises Concerns That US Not Spending Enough In Afghanistan
At yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) raised concerns about the $20 billion for Iraq's reconstruction compared to the $800 million for Afghanistan's....
9/24/2003 Senator Raises Concerns For Women In Afghanistan
At today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) raised concerns about vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, including women....
9/10/2003 Bush Requests Minimal Additional Funding for Afghan Reconstruction
While the Bush administration has requested an additional $66 billion to support its continuing military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has asked for only an additional $300 million for its reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, including roads, schools, health clinics, and local, small-scale projects....
9/4/2003 Afghanistan: Another School Attacked, Girls' Teachers Threatened
A coed elementary school was set on fire on Tuesday, and leaflets were distributed saying that girls should not be allowed to go to school....
9/2/2003 Afghan Woman First to Compete in International Sports Event
In August at the world track and field championships in Paris, Lima Azimi became the first Afghan woman to participate in a major international sports event, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations....
8/26/2003 Bush Administration's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality on Global Women's Rights Issues
Lack of Funding, Security Result in "F" Grade on Afghanistan Inaction Causes "Incomplete" Grade on CEDAW Ratification
WASHINGTON, D.C....
8/26/2003 Women's Groups Release Scorecard on Bush Administration
Three women's rights and health groups today commemorated Women's Equality Day by releasing a scorecard rating the Bush administration on global women's issues....
8/25/2003 Afghanistan: US Role Expected to Increase, Girls' School Burned Down
As the Bush administration continues to consider plans to increase aid and peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan, another girls' school was burned down last week....
8/20/2003 Afghanistan: Security and Rule of Law Failing Due to Lack of Funds
Amnesty International issued a report last week on the failure of donor countries in supporting efforts to reestablish the rule of law in Afghanistan....
8/15/2003 Over 50 People Killed in Afghanistan; UN Envoy Urges the ISAF Expansion
Afghanistan this week has experienced its most violent 24-hour period in nearly a year....
8/13/2003 Afghan Women Call For An Expansion of NATO's Peacekeeping Role
Almost two hundred Afghan women gathered in Kabul on Saturday to urge the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to expand the role of peacekeeping troops (ISAF)beyond Kabul....
8/8/2003 Afghanistan: Troubles Persist, NATO to Assume Control of ISAF
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) readies to take control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday, Afghanistan continues to struggle amidst growing attacks on aid workers and law enforcement officers in its provinces....
8/1/2003 UN: Security in Afghanistan Unstable
In a report released yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the security situation in Afghanistan unstable....
7/29/2003 Report: Afghan Warlords Threaten 2004 Elections
A new report issued by a leading human rights organizations warns that continuing instability and control of Afghanistan by warlords could threaten political participation, particularly by women....
7/24/2003 UN Afghan Envoy Calls for ISAF Expansion
Speaking yesterday at a press conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussel, UN special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi reiterated a call to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan beyond the capital city of Kabul....
7/21/2003 Senate Committee Approves Funding Earmarks for Afghan Women
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved an $18.2 billion FY 2004 Foreign Operations package, which included $600 million for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan....
7/16/2003 Afghanistan: Protesters Urge Reform
Hundreds of protesters yesterday demonstrated in the Afghan capital of Kabul, demanding that the government adhere to the 2001 Bonn agreement, which laid the groundwork for a return to democracy in Afghanistan....
7/14/2003 US Majority Supports ISAF Expansion in Afghanistan, Survey Finds
Most Americans (67 percent) support expanding UN peacekeeping operations beyond Kabul in Afghanistan, according to a recent survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA)....
6/20/2003 Afghanistan: Hearing Calls for Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops
At a House hearing held yesterday on Afghanistan's reconstruction, Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) called upon NATO, which recently agreed to take over the 4,500 person peacekeeping force in Afghanistan (ISAF), to double the size of ISAF....
6/18/2003 NGOs Urge Greater Security in Afghanistan
The Feminist Majority, along with along with 78 other humanitarian, human rights, and conflict prevention organizations, called upon NATO to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan....
6/12/2003 US Seeks Extension of Immunity from the ICC
Exacerbating an already deteriorating reputation in the international community, the United States this week resumed its call for extended immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
6/10/2003 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....
6/9/2003 Afghanistan: Peace Troops Attacked
Underscoring the lack of security in Afghanistan, four German peacekeeping troops were killed on Saturday in an explosion that wounded 31 others....
6/6/2003 Activists, Senators Ask, "Where's the Marshall Plan for Afghanistan?"
Dozens of activists from women's rights and human rights groups filled a Senate hearing room yesterday wearing bright yellow stickers that read "Afghanistan: Where's the Marshall Plan?" Andrew Natsios, USAID administrator, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations on the President's budget for 2004. In his opening remarks, Ranking Committee Member Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) stated, "In Afghanistan, President Bush said we need a Marshall Plan....
6/5/2003 Afghanistan: Threats Against Citizens for Political Views Rise
A recent rise in threats against Afghan citizens for expressing their views on the country's draft constitution is a cause for concern, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the United Nations....
5/30/2003 Karzai Calls for an Extra $15 Billion for Afghanistan's Reconstruction
Hamid Karzai, the interim President of Afghanistan, called for an extra $15 billion from the West for his country's reconstruction....
5/29/2003 Pakistani Province May Enact Taliban-like Restrictions
Women’s groups in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) bordering Afghanistan are reacting sharply to a proposed bill calling for the enforcement of strict Islamic law....
5/27/2003 Film about Afghan Women Wins at Cannes
Twenty-three-year-old Iranian film director Samira Makhmalbaf captured her second Cannes Film Festival prize last week, with a sobering story about a young Afghan woman aspiring to become president....
5/23/2003 Afghanistan: Voter Registration to Begin by September
Afghanistan plans to begin voter registration for the 2004 elections this September....
5/21/2003 Boxer, Reid Demand Women Be Involved in Iraq Reconstruction
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) have called upon the Bush administration to include women in leadership roles in the reconstruction of Iraq....
5/16/2003 Germany Calls for ISAF Expansion in Afghanistan
During a visit to Germany by Secretary of State Colin Powell, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....
5/7/2003 Security in Afghanistan "Unstable and Insufficient"
At United Nations Security Council briefing yesterday, Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi called the security situation in Afghanistan "unstable and insufficient." Brahimi called for the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul to the rest of Afghanistan in order to support the development of a new constitution, voter registration, and the 2004 elections....
5/7/2003 Report, Bill Focus on Violence Against Women in Combat Areas
A new report by Save the Children ranks Afghanistan as the third worst combat area for families....
5/6/2003 Afghanistan: Fundamentalist Influences Resurging
Three hundred Afghan demonstrators staged an anti-US, anti-British protest in Kabul today-the capital's first since the Taliban fell in 2001....
4/30/2003 Iraq Rebuilding Process Must Include Women
Nearly 300 prominent Iraqis selected by the US military met in Iraq on Monday....
4/29/2003 Afghanistan: Constitutional Commission Includes Seven Women
A 35-member commission appointed to review Afghanistan's draft constitution includes seven women....
4/24/2003 Afghanistan: "Climate of Fear" Growing
Religious fundamentalism is on the rise in Afghanistan, an international human rights group warned officials this week at the 59th session of the UN Human Rights Commission....
4/14/2003 Afghanistan: Country Struggles as Reconstruction Efforts Begin in Iraq
While the United States Office for the Reconstruction of Iraq sent teams to Iraq to establish offices in various parts of the country this week, Afghanistan continues to struggle for resources and security to make possible the rebuilding of its government and its country....
4/10/2003 Afghanistan: US Bomb Kills Civilians, Rebuilding Efforts Continue
US bombs were responsible for the deaths of 11 civilians in Afghanistan earlier this week, according to the Agence France Presse....
4/4/2003 Afghanistan: Constitution in the Works, Fighting Persists
An eight-member committee created last October to write a new constitution for Afghanistan submitted a draft last week to President Hamid Karzai, reported the Associated Press....
3/20/2003 US Raid in Afghanistan Coincides with Preemptive Strikes on Iraq
As the United States military launched preemptive strikes on Iraq last night, 1,000 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne began a two-and-a-half day attack on three villages east of Kandahar near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border....
3/19/2003 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....
3/14/2003 Afghanistan: Dire Conditions, Urgent Needs Still
At a two-day conference this week in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told international donors his country’s reconstruction may now cost as much as US$15 billion to US$20 billion, according to new estimates....
3/11/2003 Security, Education Top Priorities for Afghan Women
Women participating in a videoconference today from Kabul, Afghanistan, listed security and education as the top two priorities for Afghan women, even as several local officials and a translator were killed in explosions in Kabul and Kandahar....
3/10/2003 International Women’s Day Brings Cries for Peace, Reproductive Health
Events celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 included rallies and marches for peace and a call for reproductive health funding....
3/10/2003 US Ambassador Briefs NGOs at UN Commission on the Status of Women
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, briefed non-governmental organizations attending the Commission’s 47th session last Thursday....
3/6/2003 Afghanistan: Injustices Against Women and Girls Persist
Despite some measures of progress following the Taliban’s fall from power in late 2001, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer brutal acts of violence and inequality, according to a United Nations (UN) report released today....
3/3/2003 NGOs and Members of Congress Criticize Bush’s AIDS Initiative
The Feminist Majority last week joined more than 130 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in writing a letter to President Bush stressing the importance of integrated family planning and HIV/AIDS education, Kaisernetwork.org reported....
2/27/2003 Karzai Urges US to Remember Afghanistan
At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai testified on post-conflict Afghanistan....
2/24/2003 Afghanistan: German Peacekeepers May Leave if US War with Iraq Erupts
German Defense Minister Peter Struck told reporters Friday that civilians and German peacekeeping troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) might evacuate Afghanistan should a US-led war with Iraq erupt....
2/13/2003 Special Report: Democratic and Republican Senators, Afghan Ambassador Call for Peace Force Expansion
At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic and Republican Senators criticized the Bush Administration for "sugarcoating" the situation in Afghanistan and expressed grave concerns that the US is not providing adequate commitment, resources, and security support for Afghanistan....
2/11/2003 Afghan Warlords Will Face International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch reports that Afghan warlords who commit atrocities in the future may face prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
2/10/2003 Afghanistan: Command of Peacekeeping Troops Switches to Germans and Dutch
Command of international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan transferred from Turkey to Germany and the Netherlands today, reported Reuters....
2/6/2003 Afghan Women Demand Equal Rights
Three hundred women in Afghanistan gathered Tuesday at the Afghan Women’s Broad and Comprehensive Conference in Kabul, urging equal rights for women in all spheres, reported Reuters....
2/4/2003 Afghanistan: Criticism Builds as Possible War with Iraq Looms
UN officials are growing increasingly concerned that a war with Iraq could have severe consequences on humanitarian efforts elsewhere, particularly in Afghanistan, Angola, and the Ivory Coast, reported the BBC....
1/27/2003 Afghanistan: Women Learn to Drive, US to Help Fund Maternal and Child Health Programs
Twelve women in Kabul took driving tests Saturday, marking the first time since 1992 women have been permitted to drive in Afghanistan....
1/17/2003 Afghan Women Face New Educational Restrictions
Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday reported that in Afghanistan’s Herat province, new restrictions on female education have been introduced, prohibiting men from teaching girls and women in private and imposing strict gender segregation in all schools....
1/13/2003 Afghanistan Joins ICC, Stability Remains Key Concern
Afghanistan today announced its decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), signaling the government’s increased efforts to weaken the power of feuding warlords, reported the Reuters English News Service....
1/10/2003 War In Iraq Could Increase Violence In Afghanistan
The commander of the international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan issued a warning today that a U.S.-led war in Iraq could mean increased terrorism in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post....
1/9/2003 US Delegation Announces Funds for Programs for Afghan Women
During a 2-day US delegation visit to Kabul this week, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J....
1/7/2003 War in Iraq Could Increase Violence in Afghanistan
The commander of the international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan issued a warning today that a US-led war in Iraq could mean increased terrorism in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post....
1/3/2003 Afghan Women to Join Kabul Police Force, Country Still in Shambles
Afghan government officials on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of female cadets to the Kabul police academy, reported the Associated Press....
12/30/2002 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....
12/23/2002 Security Remains Key Concern in Afghanistan
For the first time in seven months, a US soldier was killed Saturday by enemy fire in Afghanistan, once again demonstrating the urgent need for greater security in the region....
12/19/2002 Donor Nations Give Afghan Government Control of Aid
In a significant shift in policy, donor nations yielded control of appropriating the pledged $1.24 billion to Afghanistan’s central government yesterday....
12/18/2002 Donors Pledge $1.24 Billion to Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda Still Active
The United Nations (UN) issued a report yesterday stating that al-Qaeda has set up new training camps in eastern Afghanistan....
12/17/2002 HRW Report: Afghan Women Still Facing Oppression
A leading human rights group released a report today showing continued repression of women and girls in western Afghanistan....
12/12/2002 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....
12/12/2002 Honor Killings on the Rise in Pakistan
Honor killings in Pakistan have risen 25 percent since last year, according to Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission (HRC)....
12/9/2002 Ms. Honors 2002 Women of the Year
More than 400 people packed into the National Press Club ballroom today for the 2002 Ms Women of the Year event – the first ever to be held in Washington, DC....
12/5/2002 Bush Signs Afghan Freedom Support Act
President Bush signed the Afghan Freedom Support Act yesterday....
12/2/2002 Bonn Summit Convenes Despite Unstable Conditions in Afghanistan
Amidst continued fighting between warring factions in western Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday underscored his nation’s struggle to achieve self-sufficiency and broader security, appealing for increased international assistance to strengthen security throughout the country....
11/22/2002 Afghan Security Advisor, New York Times Call for Troop Expansion
Afghan National Security Advisor Zalmai Rassoul visited Washington this week to meet with high-ranking officials to urge the Bush Administration to follow through on its promise to rebuild Afghanistan even with a foreign policy shift toward war in Iraq....
11/19/2002 Bush Appears to Support Afghan Aid Bill
A top White House official confirmed yesterday that President Bush supports the appropriation of $2.3 billion in aid for Afghanistan....
11/15/2002 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....
11/15/2002 Congress Authorizes Funds for Afghan Women
WASHINGTON, DC – The Feminist Majority commends both chambers of the U.S....
11/14/2002 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....
11/13/2002 Afghan Police Kill At Least Four Student Protestors
A demonstration for better living conditions by University of Kabul students in the capital city of Afghanistan turned violent earlier this week, when police opened fire on the students as they marched toward the city center....
11/8/2002 US Military May Focus on Reconstruction in Afghanistan
Top-ranking Pentagon officials are talking about shifting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan toward reconstruction efforts....
11/6/2002 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....
11/4/2002 Afghan Female Judge Dismissed for Meeting Without Headscarf
Afghan officials acknowledged Saturday that a female judge was dismissed last month, because she appeared without a headscarf at a meeting with President Bush and the First Lady, according to Reuters....
11/1/2002 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....
10/30/2002 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....
10/28/2002 Health of Women at Stake in Afghan Health Crisis
Women in Afghanistan are suffering “catastrophic” maternal death rates, according to the most recent comprehensive surveys of the country’s state of health, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Management Sciences for Health, a non-profit based in Boston, in cooperation with the Afghan Health Ministry....
10/22/2002 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....
10/21/2002 Troubles Persist in Afghanistan
The United Nations’ (UN) World Food Program (WFP) stated Sunday that over the next year, roughly four million Afghans will suffer from the country’s ongoing food shortage, according to Reuters....
10/17/2002 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....
10/15/2002 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....
10/14/2002 Afghan Government Presents its Vision to Global Donors
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani held a meeting this weekend, presenting international donors with the nation’s future budget and development plans....
10/14/2002 Fundamentalist Religious Forces in Pakistan Fare Well in Elections
Opponents of Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, including Islamic fundamentalists and secular groups, fared well in the national elections last week....
10/8/2002 Congress, Women’s Leaders Speak Out for CEDAW
Today, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal joined key members of Congress, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and over 170 women's rights and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to voice support for US ratification of the International Women’s Treaty (CEDAW). Queen Noor discussed the treatment of women throughout the world, the advancements women in Jordan have made and the obstacles they still face, and the importance of US ratification of CEDAW....
10/7/2002 Event Tomorrow to Demonstrate Support for US Ratification of CEDAW
Tomorrow, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal will join key members of Congress and over 170 women's rights and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in voicing support for US ratification of the International Women’s Treaty (CEDAW)....
10/4/2002 Two Girls’ Schools Burned Down in Afghanistan
Following the distribution of pamphlets around mosques near the capital of Sar-i-Pul province in Afghanistan warning women against removing their burqas, two girls’ schools were burned down recently, including their supply of books and blackboards....
9/26/2002 Criticism Mounts Against Bush on War in Iraq
Countering President George Bush’s claims that Congress is close to endorsing a war against Iraq, leading Democrats and women’s rights proponents are criticizing Bush for rushing into war without exhausting diplomatic means, and without fully assessing Iraq’s threat to the United States....
9/26/2002 Study: Unintended Pregnancies Lead To Deaths Of Women Worldwide
The Global Health Council released a report this week detailing how a lack of basic reproductive health services has caused millions of unintended pregnancies and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women around the world....
9/18/2002 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....
9/13/2002 Bush Pledges Funds To Build 600-Mile Road in Afghanistan
In a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday at the United Nations, President Bush announced a pledge of $180 million in funds from the US, Japan and Saudi Arabia to build a 600-mile road connecting Kabul, Kandahar and Herat....
9/12/2002 Study: Women’s Rights Abuses Lead To High Maternal Mortality For Afghan Women
Widespread women’s rights violations are partly to blame for high maternal mortality rates in Afghan women, according to a study appearing in the September 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association....
9/10/2002 Women Gain Last Minute Victory at Global Earth Summit
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, South Africa drew to a close yesterday, delegates agreed to add language to the final plan that guarantees access to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services for women....
9/5/2002 Presidential Assassination Attempt And Car Bomb Explosion Mark Day of Violence in Afghanistan
In what is being called the most violent day in Afghanistan since the Taliban was ousted, a car bomb explosion in Kabul today that killed at least 15 was followed by an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai in Kandahar in which three were killed and the governor of Kandahar was injured....
9/5/2002 Women Gain Last Minute Victory At Global Earth Summit
As the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit) in Johannesburg, South Africa drew to a close yesterday, delegates agreed to add language to the final plan that guarantees access to comprehensive healthcare and reproductive services for women....
9/3/2002 Kabul Bans Women Singers, Indian Films
The Supreme Court of Afghanistan upheld a ban by the state-run Kabul TV and Radio on radio airplay of women in the capital of Afghanistan, as well as the broadcast of Indian films....
8/30/2002 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....
8/30/2002 Fort Bragg Killings Prompt Mental Health Screening for Returning Soldiers
After the killings of four women this summer in Fort Bragg, North Carolina allegedly by their enlisted husbands, three of whom had recently returned from Afghanistan, the US military announced yesterday it will screen soldiers heading home for signs of mental health problems....
8/27/2002 Reconstruction in Afghanistan on Shaky Footing
Promises of reconstruction and humanitarian aid for Afghanistan have so far fallen short of the $1.8 billion pledged for this year by the international community at the Tokyo meeting in January....
8/20/2002 Bush Withdraws Funds for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction
President Bush recently rejected $5.1 billion in Emergency Supplemental Appropriation funds approved by Congress, including $174 million for reconstruction and refugee assistance in Afghanistan, according to Interaction and Care organizations....
8/14/2002 Reproductive Health Clinic Opens in Afghanistan
A clinic dedicated to providing reproductive health services to Afghan women opened its doors in Kabul this past weekend – one of the first to provide comprehensive services since the repressive Taliban regime took over in 1996....
8/13/2002 Afghan Girls Still Face Obstacles in Education
Girls in southern Afghanistan, a former stronghold of the extremist Taliban, are facing stiff opposition to returning to school, according to the Boston Globe....
8/8/2002 Bush Administration Criticized for Policy in Afghanistan
Policy experts and Bush administration officials have conceded privately that President Bush’s policy in Afghanistan is “high on the rhetoric of commitment and low on the level of engagement,” the Washington Post reported today....
8/5/2002 High-level Power Struggle Intensifies in Afghanistan
A power struggle between Afghanistan’s newly elected president and the nation’s defense minister has raised concerns that the situation is growing increasingly unstable for the newly created national government....
8/1/2002 Feminist Majority Declares a Victory for Afghan Women
Senate Committee Approves More Funds, ISAF Expansion in Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC – In a bipartisan vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the expansion of peacekeeping troops and much-needed, additional aid to the newly installed Afghan government....
8/1/2002 Victory for Afghan Women in Key Senate Committee—Feminists Win Big Vote
In a bipartisan vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved measures to directly help the women of Afghanistan....
7/30/2002 Historic Vote: Women's Treaty Passes Committee
With the steadfast leadership of Sen....
7/30/2002 Women’s Rights Treaty Approved by Senate Committee
UN Treaty to Move to Senate Floor for First Time in US History WASHINGTON, DC — In a 12-7 bipartisan vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved US ratification of the United Nations treaty that sets a global standard for women’s rights. "Today we are celebrating a victory for women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority....
7/29/2002 Powell Pledges to Step Up Afghan Aid
Despite pledges of $4.5 billion in emergency assistance and reconstruction funds for Afghanistan, the international community has only released about $660 million so far....
7/26/2002 Committee Vote on UN Women’s Treaty (CEDAW) Expected Tuesday
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed yesterday’s scheduled vote on US ratification of the United Nations women’s rights treaty until Tuesday....
7/24/2002 Tomorrow’s CEDAW Vote Could Be Delayed
Although Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE) has scheduled a vote tomorrow on US ratification of the international women’s treaty, the Republicans may find a way to delay this important vote for the second time....
7/24/2002 American Troops To Guard Afghan President
With conditions in Afghanistan still described as unstable, American soldiers will take over President Hamid Karzai’s personal security detail, Karzai’s Spokesman Said Tayab Jawab announced yesterday....
7/22/2002 Afghanistan: School Funding Needed as Number of Students Increases
The number of students enrolled in Afghanistan’s schools has increased dramatically over the last eight months, according to an ongoing survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) back-to-school program....
7/19/2002 CEDAW Vote Delayed by Anonymous Republican Senator
A procedural tactic was used yesterday by an anonymous Senator to delay a planned Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on the international treaty for women’s rights....
7/18/2002 Senate Committee Set to Vote on CEDAW Today
Despite opposition from the White House, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is poised to vote on long-delayed US ratification of the international women’s treaty today....
7/18/2002 Soroptimist International Honors Mavis Leno with ‘Women Helping Women Award’
Soroptimist International of the Americas honored Mavis Leno and the Feminist Majority Foundation today with its ‘Women Helping Women Award’ in commendation of the five-year Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan which brought the Taliban’s atrocities against women and girls to the attention of the world....
7/15/2002 Afghanistan: Taliban Wives Seek Divorce
Since the Taliban’s fall last November, Afghan women have flooded Kabul’s 16 district courts seeking divorces, according to a report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)....
7/12/2002 Senate Committee to Vote on CEDAW
Following the first hearing in eight years on US ratification of an international treaty that will promote women’s rights across the globe, the Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a vote on the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for Thursday....
7/3/2002 UN Halts Return of Refugees to Afghanistan
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has suspended the return of refugees to Afghanistan’s central and northern regions because of deteriorating security as a result of rival warlords....
7/2/2002 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....
7/2/2002 Bush Expected to Cut $34 Million UNFPA Funding
The Washington Post reported late last week that President George Bush will likely eliminate the $34 million appropriated by Congress for the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA)....
7/1/2002 Bush Administration Threatens to Withdraw US Peacekeeping Troops if Americans Are Not Exempted from ICC
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in The Hague today, the United States government showed its opposition by casting a vote in the UN Security Council to withdraw American peacekeepers in Bosnia....
6/27/2002 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....
6/27/2002 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....
6/27/2002 Women’s Affairs Minister Appointed in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially appointed Habiba Sorabi as minister for women’s affairs today, replacing Dr....
6/26/2002 Sens. Boxer and Biden Press for Peacekeeping Troops in Afghanistan
Sens....
6/25/2002 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....
6/24/2002 US Still Seeking ICC Exemption for Peacekeepers
The United States submitted a draft Security Council resolution insisting that contributing states—not the International Criminal Court (ICC)—have exclusive responsibility for investigating and prosecuting crimes allegedly committed by their nationals during their peacekeeping missions, during discussions last week to extend the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH)....
6/24/2002 Afghanistan President Names New Women’s Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
6/21/2002 More Peacekeeping Forces Desperately Needed in Afghanistan
Conditions in Afghanistan are described by international aid workers as dangerous and unstable....
6/20/2002 Afghan President Chooses Cabinet
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced picks for 14 of his cabinet posts yesterday, only one of which was a woman....
6/18/2002 Senate Majority Whip Calls Anti Abortion Extremists Terrorists
The Feminist Majority joins Sen....
6/18/2002 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....
6/17/2002 Recent Spate of Violence Could Push Aid Organizations out of Afghanistan
Reports of violence in northern Afghanistan, including the gang rape of a female international aid worker, have raised further concerns about security in the war-torn nation with several international groups threatening to leave the country....
6/14/2002 Afghan Leader to Focus on Peace and Security
Afghanistan’s newly elected leader, Hamid Karzai, pledged to bring peace and security to the war-torn nation today in an acceptance speech before the loya jirga....
6/13/2002 Women’s Rights Treaty Has Historic Hearing Before the US Senate
CEDAW Could Help Trigger the Gender Gap
WASHINGTON, DC— After 23 years of advocacy by women’s rights organizations and just in time for the November elections, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
6/13/2002 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....
6/13/2002 Senate Holds Historic Hearing for Women’s Rights
The first hearing in eight years on the international treaty to promote women’s rights - drafted in 1979 by the United Nations and ratified by two-thirds of its member countries - was held today by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee....
6/12/2002 Woman To Run for Afghan Presidency
Afghanistan’s first loya jirga in nearly a quarter century will hold a vote tomorrow to select the nation’s leader for the next 18 months....
6/12/2002 Senate Hearing Tomorrow for International Women’s Treaty
After 23 years of advocacy by women’s organizations, the only international treaty drafted solely to protect women’s rights will have a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 10 a.m....
6/11/2002 Afghan Women Delegates Call for More Women in Cabinet
Several women delegates to the loya jirga addressed both male and female delegates Monday to demand women’s rights in Afghanistan....
6/10/2002 Women Will Be 13 Percent of Loya Jirga Delegates
When the loya jirga opens on June 11, some 200 women will participate as delegates....
6/6/2002 Lack of Funding Forces UN Food Agency to Suspend Some Relief in Afghanistan
A multi-million dollar funding gap for the United Nations World Food Program’s work in Afghanistan has resulted in cutbacks on relief projects throughout the country....
6/5/2002 State Department Releases Trafficking Report
In a press conference held earlier today, Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled the Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, mandated by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000....
6/3/2002 Afghanistan Experiencing “Immediate Humanitarian Crisis”
United Nations Envoy for Recovery, Relief, and Reconstruction Nigel Fisher revealed that the international community has provided “insufficient” aid to Afghanistan and noted that the country is still undergoing an “immediate humanitarian crisis,” evidenced by widespread hunger....
5/30/2002 Women Banned From Army Ground Reconnaissance Units
Eight female soldiers training to perform ground sweeps in the mountains of Afghanistan were removed from their Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition squadrons, an Army spokeswoman announced yesterday....
5/23/2002 Hunger Exacerbates Conditions in Afghanistan
In a preliminary draft report commissioned by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Tufts University famine expert Sue Lautze characterized the situation in Afghanistan – exacerbated by a three-year drought – as “still in acute disaster phase” and urged continued diligence in international emergency assistance....
5/22/2002 Eleanor Smeal Urges President to Fulfill Promise to Afghan Women
Women’s Rights Leader Calls for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC – Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal called on the Bush administration today to expand security forces and increase funding for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan....
5/22/2002 Senators, Women Leaders Call for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) joined Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, NOW President Kim Gandy, National Council of Women’s Organizations Executive Director Martha Burk, Equality Now President Jessica Neuwirth, V-Day Founder Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, and Zieba Shorish-Shamley of the Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan in calling on President Bush to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and increase funding for Afghan reconstruction....
5/17/2002 Unexpected Number of Afghans Return to School
Preliminary data gathered from one-half of schools in Kabul, Afghanistan by the United Nations Children’s Fund show that over 200,000 children are enrolled, 34 percent more than United Nations expectations....
5/8/2002 Afghanistan: Lack of Security Threatens Women’s Rights, Lives
UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer this week identified lack of security as the major threat to women in Afghanistan....
5/6/2002 Motherhood Still Deadly for Many Afghan Women
The maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan is the second highest in the world, with 1,700 women dying per 100,000 births and with women giving birth to an average of seven children....
4/29/2002 Hollywood Squares Helps Afghan Women
Many of the brightest women stars in film, television, and music gathered on the set of host Whoopi Goldberg’s "Hollywood Squares" game show to tape a week’s worth of programs to benefit the Feminist Majority Foundation’s (FMF) Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls....
4/18/2002 Bush Calls for “Marshall Plan” for Afghanistan Despite Lack of Peace Troops, Aid
Speaking yesterday at the Virginia Military Institute, President Bush called for the establishment of a “Marshall Plan,” like the one put into place for Europe and Japan after World War II, for Afghanistan to help ensure “true peace” in the war-torn country....
4/17/2002 Congressional Women’s Caucus Meets with UN Officials on Global Women’s Issues
Members of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, led by co-chairs Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), met with officials at the United Nations yesterday, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to discuss issues affecting women globally, including the issue of education for Afghan women and girls....
4/17/2002 Washington Post Calls for More Peace Troops in Afghanistan
In an editorial appearing in today’s Washington Post, the independent newspaper called on President Bush to rethink his refusal to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beyond Kabul and suggested that the President increase the amount of peace troops in the country....
4/16/2002 Anti-Women’s Rights Pamphlets in Afghanistan Threaten Reprisals
Anti-women’s rights, handwritten pamphlets have been found in Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold....
4/11/2002 UN, Afghanistan Make Plea for International Aid to Help Ensure National Security
Afghan Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi called on the international community yesterday to release aid money pledged for Afghanistan’s reconstruction in January in order to fund a national security force in the country....
4/10/2002 Assistance and Peace Troops Needed for Women and Human Rights, Says Afghan Official
Addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Shamssuzakir Kazemi, a member of the Afghan Interim Authority UN delegation in Geneva, pledged that the interim government would work “to lay the foundations for a democratic, just progressive Afghanistan.” International assistance and an expansion ofpeace troo[s, added Kazemi, are “essential in order to help the Afghan people obtain their fundamental rights.” Kazemi asked the commission for its support as the Interim Authority moved towards re-establishing human rights and building a “democratic, participatory, transparent, and accountable government.” In his remarks, Kazemi also commented on a report to the commission filed by Kamal Hossain, saying that the Afghan Interim Authority “fully concurs” with the recommendations Hossain outlined to the commission....
4/8/2002 Women Leaders Call for Expansion of International Peace Troops and More U.S. Funds to Restore the Rights of Afghan Women
WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of the recent coup attempt in Afghanistan and the Bush Administration's continued refusal to permit the expansion of international peace-keeping troops, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, called for a national women's campaign in support of peace troop expansion and more U.S....
4/8/2002 FM President Leads Call for Expansion of Peace Troops in Afghanistan
Delivering the keynote address at the National Council of Women’s Organizations’ Women’s Equality Summit and Action Day, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal called for a national women's campaign in support of peace troop expansion and more U.S....
4/1/2002 Women Will Be At Least 11% of Afghan Loya Jirga
The commission appointed by Afghan Interim Chairman, Hamid Karzai, to faciliate the assembly of the loya jirga, announced plans today to set aside 160 seats for women -- 11% -- at the national gathering to determine the next stage of the Afghan transition government....
3/29/2002 UN Official Calls for Increase in International Troops in Afghanistan
The United Nations’ Special Representative on human rights in Afghanistan, Kamel Hossain, called for an immediate expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan to help ensure the establishment of stability and democratic institutions....
3/28/2002 U.S., France Reject Expansion of International Troops in Afghanistan
In spite of pleas from both the United Nations and the Afghan Administration for an expansion of the 4,800-member International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the United States and France made their opposition official by telling the UN Security Council that the ISAF would not be expanded....
3/25/2002 Afghan Girls Return to School for First Time Since '96
For the first time since the Taliban took power in 1996, Afghan girls and female teachers returned to Afghanistan's public schools on March 23....
3/22/2002 Afghan Women Celebrate New Year’s By Removing Burqas
The Feminist Majority Foundation independently confirmed initial reports that Afghan women in Kabul greeted the (lunar calendar) New Year’s holiday by removing their burqas and participating in public celebration....
3/20/2002 Bush Administration Limits Peacekeeping in Afghanistan
Despite pleas from Afghanistan’s interim government and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as well as thousands of email messages from women’s groups, the Bush Administration appears to have made a decision not to allow an increase in the size of the 4500-member international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, nor an expansion of that force beyond the capitol city, Kabul....
3/19/2002 UN Human Rights Official to Step Down in September
Mary Robinson announced that she will not seek another term as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and will instead vacate the office when her appointment ends in September....
3/15/2002 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....
3/13/2002 Oprah to Retire Show in 2006
Oprah Winfrey, the reigning queen of daytime talk, announced yesterday that she will retire her #1 talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2006....
3/11/2002 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....
3/7/2002 FM President Eleanor Smeal Calls for Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops and Funding for Afghanistan
Women’s Rights Leader Cites Need to Protect Afghan Women from Violence Washington, DC—Speaking at a Congressional briefing today, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority (FM), urged House members to support the expansion and immediate deployment of 25,000 more peacekeeping troops throughout Afghanistan....
3/7/2002 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....
3/6/2002 FMF Celebrates Women’s History Month
To commemorate Women’s History Month this March, Feminist Majority Foundtation is presenting an entire month of special programming with our sister sites, www.FeministCampus.org and www.MsMagazine.com, with speakers, contests, and actions....
3/4/2002 UN Commission Convenes to Discuss Empowering Women in Afghanistan and Worldwide
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began its 46th session today at the UN headquarters in New York....
3/1/2002 Afghan Girls Traded for Food
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has documented reports from western Afghanistan that girls are being traded for bags of flour in Herat and Farah provinces....
2/28/2002 ABC's Diane Sawyer Visits Afghanistan
Tune in tonight at 10pm (EST) as Diane Sawyer of ABC’s Primetime Live looks at life for Afghan women after the Taliban....
2/27/2002 USAID Provides for Reconstruction of Afghan Women’s Ministry Building
The U.S....
2/26/2002 World Food Program Announces New Initiative to Help Afghans
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will launch a new $285 million program to provide immediate and long-term humanitarian aid to Afghanistan....
2/25/2002 U.S. Considers Larger Peacekeeping Role in Afghanistan
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S....
2/22/2002 Poppy Trade Increasing in Afghanistan, UK Awaits Strong US Response
Poppy production is feared to be on the rise again in remote parts of Afghanistan....
2/13/2002 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....
2/12/2002 Boxer Calls for CEDAW Ratification
In celebration of the upcoming Women’s History Month, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called on the U.S....
2/6/2002 Afghan Women Preparing to Return to University
A flood of women and men gathered outside Kabul University to take entrance exams for admission into the school....
2/5/2002 Biden Calls for U.S. Peacekeeping Force in Afghanistan
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to urge the Bush Administration to deploy peacekeeping troops into Afghanistan to ensure the success of the new government....
1/30/2002 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....
1/28/2002 Afghan Commission to Establish Loya Jirga Will Have 3 Women
Afghanistan’s interim government leader, Hamid Karzai, announced Friday that there will be three women in the 21-member commission he has selected to help establish the country’s loya jirga....
1/23/2002 Peace Work
Active Element Foundation 532 LaGuardia Place, #510 New York, N.Y....
1/22/2002 Afghanistan Moving Towards Women’s Rights
At the encouragement of Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, Afghan women have returned to work in the ministries of the Afghan interim government – without wearing their burqas....
1/18/2002 Afghan Government in Desperate Need of Start Up Funds
Secretary of State Colin L....
1/17/2002 Karzai Affirms Afghan Women’s Rights
Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai stated his support for Afghan women’s rights last week by signing the Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women....
1/14/2002 Biden Calls for Immediate Delivery of Aid for Afghan Reconstruction
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for an immediate infusion of funds into Afghanistan to facilitate the reconstruction process....
1/11/2002 Afghan Girls and Boys Begin Special School Session
Tens of thousands of Afghan girls began a special two-month school session to prepare them for normal classes that will begin in the spring....
1/9/2002 Truth Be Told - Part I
On September 11, terrorism took on a whole new meaning for people in the U.S....
1/9/2002 Truth Be Told - Part IV
America’s deliberate bombing of water sanitation plants in Iraq is a horrific, terrorist act....
1/9/2002 Truth Be Told - Part V
>Maria Angelina Lopes Sarmento, coordinator of Kadalak Sulimutuk Institute (Small Stream Causes a Big River), Dili, East Timor
"We train people to respond without violence when resolving conflicts or matters of land ownership....
1/9/2002 Truth Be Told - Part VI
In South Africa, we ended apartheid with a negotiated settlement from an international tribunal....
1/8/2002 Starvation Continues in Remote Areas of Afghanistan
While widespread famine may have been averted because of an outpouring of humanitarian food shipments into Afghanistan during the past four months, starvation still appears likely for some Afghans....
1/2/2002 Judy Mann Retires from Washington Post
Prize-winning writer Judy Mann retired her column in the Washington Post last week by calling for more women in news media commentary....
1/2/2002 Eleanor Smeal Honored for Work on Behalf of Women’s Rights
Women’s Enews honored Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal in 2001 for her “extraordinary contributions to durable change on behalf of women.” Featured as one of the 21 leaders for the 21st century, Smeal was acknowledged by Women’s Enews staff and readers primarily for her work to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan and restore Afghan women’s rights....
1/2/2002 Humanitarian Relief Prevents Famine in Afghanistan
According to Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), “There will be no famine in Afghanistan this winter.” This conclusion comes after an infusion of humanitarian food supplies into the country over the past four months....
1/2/2002 Sneak Attack
Things start to become militarized when their legitimacy depends on their associations with military goals....
12/20/2001 Twenty-Second Anniversary of CEDAW
This week marks the 22nd anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the first treaty to comprehensively address women's rights within political, cultural, economic, social, and family life....
12/19/2001 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....
12/19/2001 Casualty of War - Part I
Two weeks before the U.S....
12/17/2001 Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Urges More Aid, Women’s Rights
Dr....
12/17/2001 Leadership Alliances Rally Support For Women
The SUNY STONY BROOK Leadership Alliance hosted “Freedom Fest,” a day-long event to raise awareness and mobilize support for the women of Afghanistan....
12/14/2001 Afghan Women Deliver Proclamation on Reconstruction of Afghanistan
Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Emphasizes Important Role Women Will Play in Rebuilding Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC--Six delegates from the Afghan Women’s Summit, held in Brussels, Belgium December 4-5, along with Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, met with members of the U.S....
12/13/2001 Afghan Women Bring Brussels Proclamation to the U.S.
Six delegates from the Afghan Women’s Summit, held in Brussels December 4-5, will meet with members of the U.S....
12/12/2001 President Signs Afghan Women and Children Relief Act
Declaring that the future of Afghanistan hinged on “ensuring the essential rights of all Afghans,” President Bush today signed into law the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act....
12/12/2001 Afghan Women Declare Action Plan for Reconstruction
Afghan women leaders meeting in Brussels concluded a roundtable meeting, sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Belgian government, on Building Women’s Leadership in the Reconstruction of Afghanistan....
12/12/2001 Casualty of War
Two weeks before the U.S....
12/11/2001 Afghan Woman Leader Receives Freedom Award
The International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development awarded Dr....
12/10/2001 UNIFEM Roundtable on Afghan Women Begins in Brussels
Declaring, “Women must be central to all phases of the recovery efforts and that the interest of women must be taken into account in all interventions,” Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) opened UNIFEM’s roundtable on women’s leadership in rebuilding Afghanistan....
12/7/2001 Afghan Women’s Summit Announces Reconstruction Recommendations
The Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy concluded in Brussels by issuing a proclamation announcing its demands and recommendations for the successful reconstruction of Afghan society....
12/7/2001 Women Worldwide Unite for Afghan Women
In a meeting coinciding with the Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy, women’s rights activists from around the world issued a Declaration of Solidarity with Afghan women in support of the Brussels Proclamation....
12/6/2001 Afghan Women Nominated to Government Posts
Two women’s names have been released as candidates for posts in the transitional Afghan government....
12/6/2001 Ms. Magazine Salutes Extraordinary Women Making a Difference
Ms. magazine launched its 30th anniversary celebration today by honoring women athletes, artists, philanthropists, and activists at its Women of the Year Awards in New York City....
12/6/2001 If Women Had A Foreign Policy
Looking for ways to measure 30 years of Ms., I scribbled down notes: the first issue featured unpublished work by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, two dead women....
12/5/2001 Afghan Women’s Summit Begins in Brussels
Women leaders from Afghanistan and around the world convened in Brussels yesterday for the beginning of a three-day conference on the role of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan....
12/3/2001 Afghan Women’s Participation in New Government Becoming More Defined
The Feminist Majority has received reports from Bonn revealing all but the final document setting forth the interim administrative body for Afghanistan....
11/30/2001 In Bonn, A Call for Afghan Women’s Rights and Government Participation
“We are not waiting any longer to be invited to sit at these tables where peace is being discussed and the reconstruction of our economy,” said Sima Wali, a feminist delegate to the United Nations talks on Afghanistan in Bonn and Vice President of Sisterhood is Global....
11/30/2001 Hillary Clinton Hosts Forum for Afghan Women
Several Afghan women spoke yesterday on Capitol Hill at the Forum on the Future of Women in Afghanistan about the need for women to participate in the reconstruction process within Afghanistan once the Taliban has collapsed....
11/29/2001 House Targets Sale of Illegal “Blood” Diamonds
The U.S....
11/29/2001 Afghan Women’s Summit to be Held in Brussels
Fifty Afghan women leaders will convene in Brussels, December 4-5, to attend an Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy....
11/27/2001 Afghan Refugees Still in Dire Need of Humanitarian Aid
In refugee camps in western Afghanistan, disease has spread like wildfire, killing hundreds of children over the past few weeks....
11/27/2001 Eleanor Smeal to Chat With Leadership Alliances and Choices Activists Online
Tuesday Dec 4th, 8pm EST, 5pm (PST) “Reproductive Choice, Abortion Bans, and Clinic Violence: Connecting Domestic and International Terrorism” with Eleanor Smeal in our Choices Online Chatroom! For the first time this year, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and renowned feminist leader, will speak to students about the efforts to erode women’s rights in the US and in Afghanistan by the right-wing movement and domestic and international terrorist networks....
11/27/2001 FMLA's Mobilize Support For Women in Afghanistan
The Leadership Alliance at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA hosted a major speaking event entitled, “Ending Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan,” with special guest speakers Mavis Leno, head of the Feminist Majority’s Campaign to Help Afghan Women, and Kathy Spillar, Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
11/26/2001 Afghan Women to Attend Bonn Talks
The Feminist Majority has received reports indicating that five women will attend the United Nations sponsored meeting of Afghan factions in Bonn, Germany tomorrow to discuss the political future of Afghanistan....
11/21/2001 Women to be Included in Planning New Afghan Government
Afghan delegations representing the Northern Alliance, former king Zahir Shah, the Peshawar Convention, and the Cyprus group, will meet next week in Berlin to discuss the future of Afghanistan, including the development of a new broad-based representative government....
11/20/2001 Bush Administration Declares Strong Support for Afghan Women
Stating that, “The women of Afghanistan have been the backbone of Afghan society,” Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday called for the restoration of Afghan women’s rights and for the inclusion of women in the reconstruction of post-Taliban Afghanistan....
11/19/2001 Laura Bush Speaks on the Inclusion of Afghan Women in Reconstruction Process
On Saturday, for the first time in history, the first lady delivered the presidential radio address to the nation....
11/19/2001 UNFPA Urges Women’s Needs Must Be Addressed in Peace Process
Leaders from world governments, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concluded a three-day meeting on “The Impact of Conflict on Women and Girls,” finding that addressing women’s needs must be incorporated into any global response to post-conflict situations....
11/16/2001 Senators Urge Inclusion of Afghan Women in Rebuilding of Afghanistan
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sam Brownback (D-KS) held a press conference at the Capitol yesterday to urge the Bush Administration and the United Nations to ensure that the women of Afghanistan play a central role in the rebuilding of Afghanistan....
11/16/2001 Bush Administration Publicizes Plight of Afghan Women
The Bush Administration has launched a new initiative to publicize the brutal treatment of Afghan women and girls by the Taliban regime....
11/15/2001 Afghan Women: Solution for Afghanistan's Future
By Eleanor Smeal Feminists have succeeded in drawing the world's attention to the fact that women have been the first victims of the Taliban....
11/13/2001 Taliban Rule Ends in Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, and Kabul
Northern Alliance forces continuing its offensive on Taliban controlled outlets in the north, pushed the Taliban to retreat from Kabul yesterday....
11/12/2001 Ms. Magazine and Feminist Majority Foundation Join Forces
Two Pre-eminent Feminist Institutions See Strength in Combination NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, D.C....
11/8/2001 Where Are the Women: Female Experts on Afghanistan Missing from TV Media
The Washington Post reports that out of the 98 television programs to publish their guest lists in the Post this month, only 12 were to feature women as experts on the post-September 11 crises....
11/7/2001 Hill Activity Increases on Behalf of Afghan Women
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal Commends Bipartisan Efforts Washington, DC—In a display of bi-partisan support for the women of Afghanistan, Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle together with the Feminist Majority today urged that Afghan women not be forgotten in the discussion of Afghanistan’s future....
11/6/2001 Senator Reid Speaks Out for Afghan Women
Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke candidly on the Senate floor yesterday about the suffering of Afghan women under the Taliban and urged the U.S....
11/6/2001 Taliban Propaganda Ploy: Demand UN Assistance
The Taliban embassy in Pakistan issued a written statement admonishing the United Nations for not doing enough to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and demanding that it provide more relief....
11/2/2001 Senate to Consider Bill for Afghan Women
The U.S....
11/1/2001 UN Meets with Afghan Women on Reconstruction Process
Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, met with Afghan women in Pakistan yesterday to discuss the reconstruction of post-Taliban Afghanistan....
11/1/2001 Mavis Leno Chats With Students on Afghan Women
College students nationwide joined Feminist Majority Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Chair Mavis Leno online to chat about how students can get involved in the FM Campaign to mobilize awareness and support for women and girls in Afghanistan....
10/31/2001 Human Rights Report: Afghan Women Cannot Be Ignored During War
Human Rights Watch, the largest human rights organization based in the United States, released a new report this week further documenting human rights abuses against women in Afghanistan and urging that women’s human rights be restored during the reconstruction of post-Taliban Afghanistan....
10/30/2001 Afghans Could Mistake Bombs for Food Rations
The U.S....
10/30/2001 Afghan Women Athletes Participate in Muslim Women Games
A delegation of 48 Afghan women athletes traveled to Iran this week to participate in the Third Muslim Women Games, an international sporting event....
10/26/2001 Mavis Leno Chats with Students on Afghan Women
College students nationwide joined Feminist Majority Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Chair Mavis Leno online to chat about how students can get involved in the FM Campaign to mobilize awareness and support for women and girls in Afghanistan....
10/25/2001 Women Senators Step Up Fight for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully won passage of an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill calling for the inclusion of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, giving women a voice in the establishment of a new Afghan government....
10/25/2001 Anti-Abortion Priest Convicted; Tries to Escape to Afghanistan
Reverend Norman U....
10/24/2001 Afghans Meet in Pakistan to Discuss Post-Taliban Future
The Assembly for Peace and National Unity in Afghanistan met today in Peshawar, Pakistan to discuss future leadership of a new Afghan government once U.S.-led strikes end....
10/23/2001 Saudis Fund Extremism in U.S.
Prominent Saudis, including the royal family, have sent millions of dollars to the United States to build mosques to propagate an extremist form of Islam, Wahhabism....
10/19/2001 Former Afghan King Supports Taliban Role in New Government
Afghanistan's former king Mohammed Zahir Shah has agreed that moderate factions of the Taliban should play a decision-making role in the re-formation of Afghan government....
10/18/2001 Taliban Raids UN Food Warehouses
Taliban soldiers on Tuesday seized United Nations World Food Program warehouses in Kandahar and Kabul....
10/17/2001 Pakistan: Taliban Should Have Role in Afghan Reconstruction
Claiming that, “One knows for sure there are many moderate elements within the Taliban communities,” Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during Secretary of State Colin Powell’s visit to Pakistan yesterday, suggested that so-called moderate factions of the Taliban should play a role in the formation of a new Afghan government....
10/16/2001 Powell Considers Post-Taliban Afghanistan
Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to discuss, among other issues, the future of Afghanistan if the Taliban is ousted as a result of the U.S.-led war on terrorism....
10/15/2001 Afghans View U.S. Intervention with Optimism
An eyewitness to the bombings in Kabul reported that Afghans greeted the U.S.-led military strikes in Afghanistan with silent enthusiasm....
10/12/2001 Feminist Majority Raising Awareness of Afghan Women’s Rights
As the nation’s attention turns to what will happen in a possible post-Taliban Afghanistan, the Feminist Majority has been conducting a media blitz to call attention to the role Afghan women must play in reconstructing Afghan government and civil society....
10/11/2001 Smeal Testifies on Behalf of Afghan Women – Urges Aid, Restoration of Rights, and Democracy
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified before the U.S....
10/11/2001 Fate of Post-Taliban Afghanistan Uncertain
After negotiations with U.S....
10/10/2001 Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part I
TESTIMONY BY ELEANOR SMEAL PRESIDENT, THE FEMINIST MAJORITY AND FEMINIST MAJORITY FOUNDATION BEFORE THE JOINT HEARING OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND TERRORISM AND THE SUBCOMITTEE ON NEAR EASTERN AND SOUTH ASIA AFFAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS U.S....
10/10/2001 Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part II
<< Part I We applaud the work of the United Nations’ agencies, especially the World Food Program, in Afghanistan....
10/10/2001 Congressional Testimony of E. Smeal on the Plight of Afghan Women - Part III
<< Part II We cannot be fooled by those who would use culture and religion as an excuse for the marginalization or exclusion of women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan....
10/10/2001 Afghan Women Press for Restoration of Rights
As the U.S.-led war on terrorism ensues, Afghan and U.S....
10/10/2001 Smeal Testifies on Behalf of Afghan Women – Urges Aid, Restoration of Rights, and Democracy
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified before the U.S....
10/10/2001 Leadership Alliances Gear Up for a New Semester of Feminist Activism
Last month, members of the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance attended an awards ceremony and met with the directors of and faculty in the Gender Studies Department and the Center for Feminist Research....
10/9/2001 Afghan Women Refugees in Continued Crisis
Acknowledging a healthcare crisis for Afghan women refugees, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has requested $4.5 million for donor countries to provide refugees with reproductive healthcare services including services intended to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)....
10/8/2001 Humanitarian Crisis Intensified Among Displaced Afghans and Refugees
As the United States launched military strikes in Afghanistan yesterday in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, U.S....
10/5/2001 Many Vie for Control over Post-Taliban Afghanistan; Women’s Lives Hang in the Balance
Already in the media, debate has begun about what and who would constitute a post-Taliban Afghan government....
10/4/2001 President Gives $320 Million in Afghan Aid; Biden Calls for $1 Billion
President Bush today announced $295 million in new humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees, making his total aid package $320 million....
10/3/2001 Heroin Trafficking Finances Taliban and Terrorism
Production of heroin in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan provides the Taliban with its main source of revenue that is then diverted to terrorist networks inside of the country, including Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network....
10/2/2001 Afghan Refugees Flee Taliban Capital
Afghans in Kandahar, the base of the Taliban regime, are fleeing into Pakistan or into remote villages in Afghanistan for fear of U.S....
10/2/2001 Blair Highlights Humanitarian Aid and Women
Speaking at the Labor party’s annual conference in Brighton, England, British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged that Britain would not only be a part of a military coalition against the Taliban, but also a part of a humanitarian coalition....
10/1/2001 Bush Announces $100 Million Afghan Aid
Aware of the harsh Afghan winter rapidly approaching and pre-famine conditions, the Bush administration announced today $100 million in new Afghan relief aid....
9/28/2001 Taliban Allows Opium Production
The Taliban announced to farmers earlier this week that they may return to opium production if the United States attacks....
9/27/2001 US Narrows Abortion Options for Military Personnel
As thousands of service members are being called to active military duty, women’s access to abortions in military facilities is being limited once again....
9/27/2001 Humanitarian Crisis: New UN Appeal
The United Nations has released a new humanitarian appeal for food, medicine, and other necessary emergency relief supplies for the millions of Afghan refugees who have fled the Taliban regime and severe drought....
9/27/2001 Hear the Voices of Women - Part I
The photos of smiling families and individuals—all victims of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, are beginning to disappear from the walls, phone booths, bus stands, light poles, trees and vans in downtown New York City....
9/26/2001 UNHCR Requests $252 Million in Emergency Aid
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for an immediate aid package from donor nations of $252 million today, as part of its preparation for the largest humanitarian operation the agency has undertaken since the Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999....
9/25/2001 U.N Agencies Prepare for Looming Humanitarian Crisis
Major U.N....
9/24/2001 U.S. to Consider Humanitarian Aid to Afghan Refugees; Many Fear Worst Is Yet to Come
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans continue to attempt to flee Afghanistan in fear of US retaliation against Osama bin Laden and the Taliban....
9/21/2001 Bush Condemns Taliban; Feminists Push for Humanitarian Aid
In his strong address before a joint-session of Congress, President Bush condemned the Taliban regime....
9/20/2001 Smeal calls Afghan Women “Canaries in the Coal Mine”
In a Los Angeles Times interview Thursday, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, emphasized that women’s rights must not be marginalized as a side issue in the U.S....
9/20/2001 100 Afghan Refugees Finally Arrive in Nauru
The island republic of Nauru accepted 100 Afghan refugees off the Australian navy ship Manoora Wednesday....
9/19/2001 Taliban and bin Laden Terrorize Afghans, Especially Women
The Taliban's atrocities against the Afghan people have been further documented by BBC Correspondent Kate Clark....
9/18/2001 Special Message from the Feminist Majority on The Taliban, Osama bin Laden, and Afghan Women
The Feminist Majority joins our fellow citizens and people of good will all over the world in mourning the deaths of thousands of women, men and children on September 11 at the hands of terrorists....
9/18/2001 Special Message from the Feminist Majority on The Taliban, Osama bin Laden, and Afghan Women
The Feminist Majority joins our fellow citizens and people of good will all over the world in mourning the deaths of thousands of women, men and children on September 11 at the hands of terrorists....
9/17/2001 Humanitarian Crisis for Afghan Women and Children Worsens
Before September 11th, the plight of hundreds of thousands of Afghan women and girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan was deplorable....
9/12/2001 Campaign To Liberate Afghan Women and Girls Must Continue
STATEMENT BY ELEANOR SMEAL, PRESIDENT FEMINIST MAJORITY FOUNDATION We join the U.S....
9/10/2001 Taliban Tightens Restrictions on Foreign Aid Agencies
After shutting down its offices one week ago, the Taliban arrested Afghan employees of International Assistance Mission (IAM)....
9/7/2001 Afghan Refugees Await Australian Judge’s Decision; WFP Requests Funds
The 434 refugees awaiting admission to Papua New Guinea before being resettled to New Zealand and the small island republic of Nauru will face at least another three days at sea in the Australian naval ship Manoora....
9/6/2001 Arab Fighters Provide Support for Taliban
Arab fighters funded by Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden have become increasingly influential with the Taliban and are building a foreign alliances to expand the Taliban’s extremist version of Islam, according to aid workers and political analysts....
9/5/2001 Taliban May Execute Foreign Aid Workers
A senior Taliban official announced that the foreign aid workers on trial for allegedly proselytizing Christianity will be punished according to Islamic law, possibly including the death penalty....
9/5/2001 FMLA Activists Participate in Back-to-School Campaign for Women in Afghanistan
Before the Taliban militia came to power in 1996, women and girls made up 50% of the university student population and 70% of all school teachers....
9/4/2001 Feminist Majority Calls Attention to Gender Apartheid in New York Times
As the Taliban puts aid workers on trial for “proselytizing Christianity” and Afghan refugees off the coast of Australia finally gain asylum in New Zealand and other countries, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal calls attention to gender apartheid in Afghanistan in a letter to the editor in today’s New York Times....
8/31/2001 UN Suspends Refugee Screening Process in Pakistan
The United Nations suspended its participation in joint screening of Afghan refugees with Pakistan government officials Friday, claiming Pakistan had broken its agreement with the UN by taking refugees back to Afghanistan and handing them directly over to the Taliban....
8/30/2001 Afghan Refugees Denied Entrance; Holocaust History May Repeat Itself
Citing concerns over growing populations of asylum seekers, Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, continues to refuse to allow 434 refugees, mainly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, to dock at an Australian port on Christmas Island....
8/29/2001 Australia Seizes Norwegian Ship of Afghan Refugees
The captain of the Norweigian ship which had rescued 434 refugees who were mostly from Afghanistan took his ship into Australian waters, in an effort to force assistance from the Australian government which had denied the ship entry....
8/28/2001 Refugees Flee Afghanistan: World Doors Being Closed
With more and more refugees fleeing Afghanistan, it’s becoming impossible for refugees to find countries willing to grant them admission....
8/28/2001 Taliban Allows Parents & Diplomats to See Detained Aid Workers
In the latest development in the Taliban’s arrest of international humanitarian workers for allegedly “promoting Christianity,” two American parents and diplomats from Australia, Germany, and the United States were finally granted permission to visit the eight detained workers....
8/27/2001 Woman Journalist Documents Holocaust-like Events in Afghanistan
Last night on “CNN Presents,” British journalist Saira Shah risked her life entering Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to document on film the horrific treatment of women and girls, unimaginable destitution, and the mass murder of ethnic minorities....
8/21/2001 Indian Women Forced to Wear Burqas
As separatist violence increases in the war-torn region of Kashmir, fundamentalist militants have seized the opportunity to terrorize and persecute women living in the surrounding areas....
8/8/2001 Taliban Wants U.N. Representation, Continues Human Rights Abuses
The Taliban has renewed its campaign to be recognized by the United Nations, appealing by letter to Security Council members and members of the Credentials Committee....
8/8/2001 Update: Taliban Defends Arrests of Humanitarian Workers
Ignoring international outcry, Taliban rulers defended the arrest of 24 Shelter Now International (SNI) humanitarian workers yesterday....
7/31/2001 U.S. Announces $6.5 Million in Emergency Assistance for Afghan Refugees
Acting State Department Spokesperson Charles F....
7/12/2001 UN Appeals to Taliban to Remove Restrictions on Women's Health Care
On Wednesday's UN World Population Day, the United Nations Population Fund asked the Taliban to allow women access to the health care they need....
6/25/2001 Taliban Orders U.N. Out of Kabul Offices
Just days after announcing that it would allow the World Food Program to employ local Afghan women in its survey of the food needs of hundreds of Afghan families, the Taliban militia has ordered the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan to vacate its offices in Kabul, according to the Associated Press (AP)....
6/19/2001 Taliban Allows Women to Work on World Food Program Survey
After a year of strained negotiations and rejections, the Taliban finally agrees to allow the World Food Program (WFP) to employ Afghan women in its survey of the food needs of the most vulnerable households in the country....
6/19/2001 Activism guide
With Bush II in office, it's more crucial than ever that progressives join in and work for change....
6/15/2001 House Passes Resolution Condemning Taliban
By a vote of 420-0, the U.S....
6/6/2001 Taliban Imposes Islamic Rule on Foreigners
The Taliban announced this week that it will imposes its extreme, fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law on foreigners in Afghanistan, even going so far as to require foreigners to sign an agreement to obey Islamic laws before entering the country....
6/1/2001 Taliban Adds New Restrictions on Women, Feels UN Pressure
In the face of stepped-up pressure from the United Nations (UN) for the Taliban to grant women more freedom, the Taliban has imposed a new ban restricting foreign women from driving cars in Afghanistan....
5/29/2001 UN Threatens to Stop Bread Aid to Afghanistan
The United Nations World Food Program gave the Taliban until June 15 to agree to allow Afghan women to help implement a survey that ensures the UN’s food aid is getting to the neediest people in the capital city of Kabul....
5/24/2001 UN Condemns Taliban for ID Badges
UN Secretary Kofi Annan this week condemned the Taliban decree ordering Hindus to wear a yellow identification badge....
5/23/2001 Taliban Beat Unwed Couple Accused of Having Sex
Before a crowd of thousands in a packed stadium in the Afghanistan capital city of Kabul, Taliban regime soldiers delivered 100 lashes to a young man and woman who were accused of having sex without being married....
5/22/2001 Taliban Retaliates After U.S. Humanitarian Aid Package
“Religious Police” Terrorize Hospital, Close Bread Bakeries and UN Offices The same day U.S....
5/22/2001 Taliban Retaliates After U.S. Humanitarian Aid Package
Press Release “Religious Police” Terrorize Hospital, Close Bread Bakeries and UN Offices The same day U.S....
5/22/2001 Taliban to Force Religious Minorities in Afghanistan to Wear Yellow
The terrorist Taliban regime has requested a religious edict or “fatwa” to force non-Muslim religious minorities in Afghanistan to wear yellow garb so they may be singled out by all....
5/21/2001 Taliban Closes World Food Program Bakeries
The Taliban terrorist regime has again shut down several of the World Food Program (WFP) bakeries over the weekend that are run by Afghan women and which supply approximately one-fifth of the bread supply for the Afghanistan capital city, Kabul....
5/18/2001 US Provides $43 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
Secretary of State Colin L....
5/18/2001 Taliban Terrorizes Hospital to Stop Women and Men from “Mixing”
Members of Taliban “religious police” yesterday raided the first independently run hospital in Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan, claiming that male and female personnel were “mixing” illegally....
5/18/2001 PHR Reports Afghans Oppose Taliban’s Restrictions on Women
The rights of women are strongly supported by more than 90% of the Afghan women and men included in the recent survey conducted in Afghanistan by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)....
5/17/2001 US to Provide $43 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan
Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Funding But Urges More is Needed “We are thrilled that Secretary of State Colin L....
5/10/2001 Extreme Heat Kills Afghan Refugees Daily
The temperature in the treeless refugee camp in Jalozai, Pakistan, peaks around 108 most days; shade and water are scarce, resulting in dozens of people, mostly children, dying every day due to starvation and dehydration....
5/7/2001 French Parliament Hears Plight of Three Afghan Women
Three Afghan women, traveling under pseudonyms and wearing the all-enshrouding burqa, visited the French parliament last week in their campaign to raise international awareness about gender apartheid in their country....
5/4/2001 Afghan Women Tell European Parliament of Taliban Atrocities
Three Afghan women testified to the European Parliament last week about their first hand accounts of the abuse, murder and a terrorizing they experience daily at the hands of the Taliban....
5/2/2001 13 Senators Urge Powell to Send Emergency Funds to Afghanistan
Led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 13 U.S....
5/1/2001 Pakistan Increasing Support for Taliban
The U.S....
4/27/2001 Special Issue of Elle Magazine Focuses on Women in Afghanistan
The most recent issue of the French women’s magazine Elle is completely devoted to covering the women of Afghanistan, the abuses they suffer under the ruling Taliban regime, and the dehumanization they endure....
4/25/2001 UN to Increase Appeal for Aid to Afghanistan
The United Nations (UN) has decided to revise it’s appeal for 2001 far beyond the $250 million it earlier requested to aid the hundreds of thousands of starving, displaced people in Afghanistan after examining the country’s current humanitarian crisis. The original $250 million appeal was mainly for programs within Afghanistan and did not include funds to alleviate the suffering of Afghan refugees who have fled to Pakistan and are living in desperate conditions....
4/24/2001 Virtual Vigil
"Our men fought the war, and they were the soldiers....
4/18/2001 U.S. Officials Visit Afghanistan to Assess Humanitarian Need
Breaking from its ban prohibiting officials from traveling to Afghanistan, the U.S....
4/9/2001 Pakistan Limits UN Aid for Jalozai Refugee Camp
Over the last year, one million people have fled their homes in Afghanistan to escape the brutal terrorism of the Taliban regime and to seek refuge from the worst drought to hit the country in 20 years....
4/3/2001 U.S. State Department Says Taliban Unable To Govern
The Taliban have demonstrated that they unable to effectively govern, said U.S....
4/2/2001 Feminist.org Honored by Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the world's largest voluntary family planning organization, honored individuals and organizations in the media that have made significant contributions to women's reproductive freedom at its annual conference this weekend....
3/30/2001 Crisis in Afghanistan Deepens
One million people are at risk for famine in Afghanistan and millions more are in the most desperate poverty imaginable, according to the United Nations....
3/30/2001 V-Day 2001: To End Violence Against Women
A sold-out crowd in Madison Square Garden of 18,000 gathered to witness V-DAY 2001: Take Back the Garden, the smashing success of an especially courageous, innovative and funny performance of the Vagina Monologues....
3/30/2001 Back to School Campaign: 350 Action Teams & Growing
“I’m a 16-year old poet and I sold some books at my last show for the Back to School Campaign....
3/29/2001 Taliban Publicly Lashes Woman Accused of Extra-Marital Sex
The terrorist Taliban regime publicly lashed a woman accused of having sex with a man who was not her husband....
3/28/2001 Germany Condemns Taliban; Amnesty International Confirms Massacre of Civilians by Taliban
During the six-week session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer condemned the Taliban for “completely depriving” Afghan women and girls of their human rights, and for destroying ancient Buddha statues in the region....
3/22/2001 Leadership Alliances Come Together for FMF Mid-Atlantic Region Training
Earlier this month, dozens of Leadership Alliance activists came together to attend a Mid-Atlantic Regional Training organized hosted by the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Organizers....
3/22/2001 More Leadership Alliance Activism
The newly forming SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance organized their first general interest meeting this week....
3/21/2001 Feminists Protest Taliban Official’s Visit to State Department
In violation of a recent United Nations Security Council sanction against the Taliban regime, which currently occupies 95 percent of Afghanistan, a senior official from the Taliban Foreign Ministry traveled to the U.S....
3/19/2001 Post Chronicles Afghan Refugee Crisis
In a front page story in this Sunday’s Washington Post, journalist David Finkel provides one of the first comprehensive U.S....
3/19/2001 Leadership Alliances Nationwide Celebrate Women's History Month
Women’s History Month is in full swing and the Leadership Alliances are organizing events nationwide: The BROWN Leadership Alliance raised money and awareness for the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan and organized petition drive to protest the Global Gag Rule....
3/16/2001 UNHCR May Send 1.5 Million Refugees Back to Afghanistan, Despite Gender Apartheid
The new head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees Ruund Lubbers announced possible plans to return 1.5 million refugees to Afghanistan....
3/16/2001 European Parliament Condemns Gender Apartheid
The European Parliament released a resolution this week condemning the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan, as well as its destruction of ancient Buddha statues....
3/14/2001 Taliban Demand Woman BBC Correspondent Leave Afghanistan
Taliban Annihilate 5th Century Buddhist Statues Taliban officials announced today their complete destruction of two ancient giant Buddhist statues....
3/9/2001 International Women’s Day Events Highlight Women’s Role in Peace
Several International Women’s Day events highlighted women’s role in the peace-making process worldwide, and focused on the fact that women and their children often constitute the majority of the victims of war and conflict....
3/8/2001 Study Examines Women’s Reproductive Health Risk Worldwide
A study released today by Population Action International (PAI) reported women in America face greater reproductive health risks than women in Singapore, Australia and much of Europe, while women in Africa and Afghanistan have the highest risk of reproductive health problems....
3/5/2001 Taliban Destroys 2000 Year Old Artifacts
In their latest attack on culture and human-rights, the Taliban has vowed to destroy ancient Buddhist artifacts, including two giant Buddhist statues in central Afghanistan that are two-thousand years old....
3/5/2001 Leadership Alliances Work to End Violence Against Women and Gather in NY for Eve Ensler's V-day Gala
The Vagina Monologues opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens on Feburary 18th....
2/26/2001 Taliban Publicly Executes 2 Afghan Women
Hundreds of people gathered at a sports stadium in Afghanistan to witness the public hanging of two Afghan women convicted of prostitution by the Taliban....
2/22/2001 Dire Situation in Afghanistan Finally Reaches US National Press
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and other women’s right groups have covered the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban militia took control of the country in 1996 and imposed brutal gender apartheid on the women and girls of Afghanistan....
2/21/2001 Human Rights Watch Calls For UN Investigation Of Taliban Massacre
In a detailed report Human Rights Watch called upon the United Nation Commissioner for Human Rights to launch an immediate, full-scale investigation into the Taliban's summary execution of hundreds of civilians in central Afghanistan in January....
2/13/2001 Asylum Denied
In one of the shabby houses along the dusty streets of Gulshar, an Afghan settlement on the outskirts of Mash'had in northern Iran, sits 13-year-old Maryam Gholami....
2/12/2001 Eve Ensler’s Tribute to Afghan Women is a Sold Out Success at Madison Square Garden
V-Day, the gala benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens Saturday evening....
2/12/2001 Leadership Alliances Make Headlines During One Million Voice Commemoration of Roe v Wade
Hundreds of members from Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and community groups took action during the One Million Voices week of reproductive rights activism to support safe, legal, and accessible abortion....
2/9/2001 Pakistan Rejects Afghan Refugees
Pakistan officials are refusing to allow a new crush of Afghan refugees who have fled their homes in search of a safeguard from the Taliban militia that occupies 95 percent of the country....
1/25/2001 Amnesty International Condemns Mass Execution By Taliban
Amnesty International reports that Taliban officials issued an order to its forces to kill all men between the ages of 13 and 70 living in the Yakawlang area....
1/22/2001 UN Secretary Deplores Taliban Mass Murder Of Civilians
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed his deep concerns after hearing of “reports that civilians were deliberately targeted and killed during recent fighting in the Yakawlang area of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan.” The United Nations has said that 100 people were killed and one UN Afghan staff person missing after Taliban forces recaptured Yakawlang....
1/16/2001 Women’s Alliance for Peace Makes Appeal for Help for Afghanistan
The Women’s Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan (WAPHA) has made an international appeal for help and humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees who have fled the brutal Taliban regime and the region’s worst drought....
1/3/2001 Clinton Signs International Criminal Court Treaty
On New Year’s Eve, just in time to meet the year-end deadline, President Clinton signed the International Criminal Court (ICC) Treaty—a major victory for women’s rights and human rights groups....
1/3/2001 10,000 Plus Afghan Women And Children At Risk Of Death On Tajikistan Border
More than 10,000 Afghan women and children who have fled fighting inside Afghanistan and the Taliban’s military advancements, which now control almost 95% of the country, are in makeshift camps along the Pyandi River in the midst of winter....
12/21/2000 Afghanistan Among “Worst of Worst” Countries on Human Rights
Afghanistan was rated among the 11 worst countries in terms of democracy and human rights according to a new report by the non-partisan, moderate Freedom House....
12/20/2000 UN Imposes Harsh Sanctions on Taliban
The United Nations Security Council has issued an arms embargo and tightened other sanctions against the Taliban, an extremist militia that now controls 95 percent of Afghanistan....
12/11/2000 Historic “Comfort Women’s” Trial Underway In Tokyo
For the first time in history, claims of forced servitude and rape made by more than 200,000 women during World War II in Japan are heard before a symbolic court lead by Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, former president of International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia....
12/11/2000 Leadership Alliances Organize to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
The Brandeis University Leadership Alliance organized a presentation on the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan to a group of over one hundred high school students....
12/4/2000 European Parliament Declares Taliban Isolation In EU
The European Parliament requested all member states in the European Union to withhold non-humanitarian economic support from the Taliban and urge Pakistan to immediately stop its military support to the regime....
11/30/2000 Taliban Policies Hurt Aid Delivery to Women
The United Nations condemned the Taliban's severe restrictions on women as both human rights violations and imptediments to the delivery of humanitarian aid....
11/28/2000 Taliban Military Gains Will Not Win UN Recognition
Despite the Taliban’s military conquests throughout Afghanistan, the terrorist regime’s continual violations of the human rights of Afghanistan women and girls are among the factors that will continue to prevent the militia from achieving official international recognition....
11/27/2000 Pakistan Refuses To Reopen Border
Pakistan refuses to reopen its border with Afghanistan, which it closed on November 10, 2000....
11/17/2000 Pakistan, Tajikistan Close Borders to Afghan Refugees
On November 10, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry closed its borders to Afghan refugees after a month-long influx of 30,000 people, raising the number of Afghans living in Pakistan to 2.1 million....
11/13/2000 Atwood Wins Booker Prize
Feminist author Margaret Atwood, 60, best known for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, received Britain’s top prize for fiction writing—the Booker Prize....
11/10/2000 UN Security Council Passes Women, Peace And Security Resolution
On October 31, 2000, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Women, Peace and Security....
11/10/2000 Pakistan Closes Border To Afghan Refugees
Pakistan authorities in the North West Frontier Province on Thursday have officially closed their borders to Afghanistan, to prevent refugees from fleeing to Pakistan....
11/7/2000 Women’s Suicide Rate In Turkey Soar Due To Patriarchal Customs
According to a New York Times report, death is a way out for many young oppressed Turkish women with no resources and no educational opportunities....
11/3/2000 Taliban U.N. Seat Push Fails
On November 1, for the fourth consecutive year, a U.N....
11/2/2000 Mavis Leno Speaks to Women Physicians
Mavis Leno, national chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies of American Medical Women’s Association’s annual meeting....
11/1/2000 Afghan Situation Deteriorating as Nations Consider Armed Conflict
Violence and bombing continue in Afghanistan as the terrorist regime the Taliban struggles with the Northern Alliance under Ahmed Shah Massoud for control of the country....
11/1/2000 Political Progressive Steve Allen Dies
Steve Allen, considered one of the foremost wits of the entertainment industry and founder of the Tonight Show, died Monday, October 30....
10/30/2000 US Congress Passes Anti-Taliban Resolution
The US Congress passed a resolution late last week criticizing the human rights abuses of the Taliban, and calling for the reconvening of a Grand Assembly of Afghan leaders, a representative government for Afghanistan, and democratic elections....
10/26/2000 Woman Appointed Director of UN Population Fund
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan announced yesterday that he has appointed as Thoraya Ahmed Obaid Executive Director of the UN Population Fund....
10/25/2000 Smeal and Schlafly Face Off in Heated Debate
Last night, more than 500 students, faculty, and community members crowded the Glass Pavilion at Johns Hopkins University to hear “The Feminist Debate: The Role and Struggle of American Women Today” between Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly....
10/23/2000 Afghanistan - One of the 3 Hungriest Nations In The World
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently released finding that rank Afghanistan as one of the three hungriest nations in the world, along with Somali and Haiti....
10/20/2000 All-Girl School Joins Back to School Campaign
The Los Angeles Times recently featured Ramona High School’s efforts in the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid Back to School drive....
10/20/2000 UN Official Condemns Religious Extremism, Taliban
Special Reporter of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission Abdelfattah Amor, in a recent interview with the Associated Pres, called for international efforts to combat religious extremism, which he called “an ever-growing scourge” in the world....
10/18/2000 Hillary Clinton Denounces Taliban’s Terrorism
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, New York Senate candidate Hillary Clinton said that her vision of US foreign policy includes promoting women’s rights and human rights, humanitarian assistance and international family planning....
10/16/2000 World March of Women Sends a Message
Thousands of women filled the streets of Washington, D.C....
10/13/2000 Setback For Women In Kano State, Nigeria
Kano State in Nigeria took a major step toward limiting women's rights this week....
10/12/2000 Brandeis Leadership Alliance Raises Money for Back to School Campaign
Last week, the Brandeis Leadership Alliance held a coffee house fundraiser for FMF’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan....
10/5/2000 Taliban Lobbies for Recognition
Using military gains as leverage, the Taliban militia has met with high-level officials in France, the US and other countries to press for recognition as Afghanistan’s ruling government....
9/22/2000 U.S. Will Oppose Taliban U.N. Spot
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced yesterday that the United States will oppose awarding the terrorist Taliban regime a seat at the United Nations....
9/22/2000 The Plight Of Afghan Refugees
More than 2 million Afghans are living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran with the vast majority consisting of widowed women and children....
9/21/2000 Taliban Demands Acceptance into UN
The Taliban is in New York this week demanding acceptance into the United Nations....
9/20/2000 France Hosts Diplomatic Talks With Brutal Taliban Regime
In a rare move in France diplomacy, senior French officials invited Taliban officials to diplomatic talks in Paris last week....
9/18/2000 Taliban’s Ban Threatens Humanitarian Aid
United Nations (UN) officials fear that the Taliban’s ban on women working with international aid organizations may bring an end to aid programs in the region....
9/12/2000 Fear Of Ethnic Cleansing By Taliban Displaces 100,000
Earlier this month, Taliban forces captured the northern city of Taloqan that borders Tajikistan....
9/11/2000 Brandeis Leadership Alliance Member Quoted in Boston Globe
Jesse Mostipak, President of Brandeis University Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe, voicing her opposition to the Taliban's brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan....
9/8/2000 Pakistani Extremist Group Fire Shots At Women In Beauty Parlor
In less than 24-hours after issuing threats stating that unveiled women in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir would be shot in the leg, Lashker-e-Toiba militants fired shots at two women in a local beauty parlor....
9/8/2000 Hollywood Joins Back to School Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid
Mavis Leno, chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, along with her husband Jay Leno and FMF National Coordinator Katherine Spillar, today announced the Back to School Campaign to a large crowd at Ramona High School in Los Angeles....
9/7/2000 Extremist Group Threatens To Shoot Women Government Workers
The Pakistan-based extremist militia, Lashker-e-Toiba, issued a death threat on Thursday to 22,000 government workers in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir if they participated in a statewide census....
9/5/2000 Women In Sudan Banned From Working
The governor of Sudan's Khartoum state, Mazoub Khalifa, announced a decree banning women in the capitol city of Khartoum from working "in public places where they are in direct contact with men." Kalifa states that the decree, "is to honour women, uphold their lofty status and put them in the appropriate place that respects the values and observes the tradition of our nation." A survey conducted this week in Khartoum found that the decree was observed in public places where women university students worked. Sudan has long held a less than favorable record on women's human rights that continues with its refusal to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
9/1/2000 FMF’s Back to School Campaign Gaining Momentum
As girls return to school here in the United States, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer under the Taliban’s ban on education for females....
8/31/2000 Australia Treatment Of Aborigines And Refugee Seekers Criticized By U.N.; Australia Threatens To Revoke Any U.N. Involvement Including CEDAW Optional Protocol
Earlier this year the Australian government came under criticism by the United Nations (U.N.) because of discriminatory policies....
8/28/2000 Taliban Olympic Invitation Rescinded
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to two Afghan representatives to observe the upcoming summer games in Sydney....
8/28/2000 FMF Launches Back to School Campaign
On August 25, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, unveiled the Back to School Campaign – a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women under the Taliban, which has banned women and girls from attending schools, working, or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....
8/25/2000 Smeal and Leno Unveil Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan unveiled a Back to School Campaign - a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women and girls under the Taliban, which has banned them from attending schools, working or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....
8/24/2000 Hollywood Joins Feminist Majority Foundation Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Mavis Leno, chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, joined by her husband Jay Leno, the Rugrat's Cheryl Chase, and Boy Meets World's Trina McGee-Davis, together with Katherine Spillar, national coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation, today unveiled a Back to School Campaign....
8/24/2000 Smeal and Leno Unveil Back To School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan today unveiled a Back to School Campaign – a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women under the Taliban, which has banned women and girls from attending schools, working, or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....
8/21/2000 Taliban Target Afghan Widows Unmercifully
The Taliban militia's harsh new policies are compromising the lives of thousands of Afghan widows....
8/18/2000 Taliban yields to U.N. and is rejected by IOC
After forcing the closure of the United Nations' "widows' bakeries" in the Afghanistan capital city of Kabul and thrusting thousands of Afghan women and their families into poverty and starvation, the Taliban militia has withdrawn the order....
8/16/2000 Taliban Shuts Down "Widow's Bakeries"
In yet another attempt to enforce its brutal system of gender apartheid, the Taliban militia ordered the United Nations to close down bakeries run by Afghan women in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul....
8/15/2000 Resistance To Taliban Rule Is On The Rise
Numerous reports of open resistance to Taliban rule by the Afghan people indicates that the militia is losing its grip over the population, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times....
8/15/2000 Taliban Seeks Inclusion In Sydney Olympic Games
Members of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan have issued a plea to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be included in the upcoming Sydney Olympics, claiming they will serve as “messengers of peace.” The Taliban, which was suspended from the IOC in 1998, has been anything but peaceful since it took over Afghanistan by force in 1996....
8/8/2000 UN Considers Taliban Arms Embargo
The Clinton Administration and other members of the United Nations Security Council reported on August 7 that they are considering imposing an arms embargo against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan....
8/7/2000 Taliban Edict Threatens Humanitarian Aid to Millions
The Taliban's edict forbidding Afghan women from working for international and national humanitarian organizations may have a devastating impact for the millions of women and children living in poverty in Afghanistan....
8/7/2000 U.N. Aid Workers Among 12 Killed in Afghanistan
Gunmen in Afghanistan shot and killed 12 people on August 5th, including seven Afghan aid workers employed at the Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation....
8/4/2000 Pakistan Vows to Continue Supporting Taliban Regime
Pakistan’s military ruler stated that his government will continue to support the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, claiming that he did not want to antagonize the ethnic population living on either side of the border....
8/4/2000 Pakistan Vows to Continue Supporting Taliban Regime
Pakistan's military ruler stated that his government will continue to support the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, claiming that he did not want to antagonize the ethnic population living on either side of the border....
8/2/2000 Feminist Expo-sure 2000
What better way to start a new century than to attend the Feminist Expo 2000 (March 31-April 2 in Baltimore)....
8/1/2000 Women Prisons Established by the Taliban
The women prisons established by the Taliban represent yet another facet of the gender apartheid imposed by the brutal regime....
7/28/2000 Dangerous Prospects for Afghan Asylum Seekers in Britain
The Immigration Appeals Centre in London has denied the asylum appeal of four of the 31 Afghan asylum seekers who were on board the hijacked Afghan aircraft that arrived at Stansted airport in Essex on February 7 of this year....
7/28/2000 Dangerous Prospects for Afghan Asylum Seekers in Britain
The Immigration Appeals Centre in London has denied the asylum appeal of four of the 31 Afghan asylum seekers who were on board the hijacked Afghan aircraft that arrived at Stansted airport in Essex on February 7 of this year....
7/24/2000 Taliban Holds Public Execution in Afghanistan
In Kabul this past weekend, a crowd of thousands watched the first public execution in Afghanistan since an Afghan woman was stoned to death in May for adultery....
7/21/2000 Senate Hearing Condemns Taliban Rule
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Zieba Shorish-Shamley of the Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan condemned the Taliban's oppression of women and girls at a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs held July 20th....
7/21/2000 Worst Drought in 30 Years Ravages Afghanistan
Between three and four million people in Afghanistan may starve as a result of severe drought, according to the United Nations World Food Program....
7/17/2000 U.N. Urges Taliban to Reverse Ban on Women Aid Workers
The United Nations has begun formal talks with the Taliban to convince them to reverse their ban on Afghan women working for international relief agencies....
7/17/2000 U.N. Urges Taliban to Reverse Ban on Women Aid Workers
The United Nations has begun formal talks with the Taliban to convince them to reverse their ban on Afghan women working for international relief agencies....
7/14/2000 Women's Rights Groups Use Internet to Fight Taliban Oppression of Women
Cyberspace is crucial to uniting Afghan women against the Taliban oppression and heightening public awareness of the regime's atrocities....
7/13/2000 Taliban Accuses Relief Worker of Spying and Anti-Taliban Propaganda
International relief agencies have been working in an renewed climate of danger to their well-being since last week's Taliban edict ordering all aid agencies and the United Nations to dismiss all Afghan women staff....
7/13/2000 Taliban Accuses Relief Worker of Spying and Anti-Taliban Propaganda
International relief agencies have been working in an renewed climate of danger to their well-being since last week's Taliban edict ordering all aid agencies and the United Nations to dismiss all Afghan women staff....
7/12/2000 Taliban Orders Relief Worker to Leave Afghanistan
With the arrest of relief worker Mary MacMakin on July 11 and her deportation ordered by the Taliban on July 12, non-governmential aid organizations in Afghanistan are working in a tense atmosphere....
7/11/2000 American Relief Worker Arrested by Taliban Authorities
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban government has arrested an American relief worker, 72 year-old Mary MacMakin, in an apparent crackdown on organizations that violate the Taliban's strict gender apartheid policies by employing Afghan women....
7/6/2000 Clinton Signs U.N. Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child; Conservative Senate Leaders Continue to Block Ratification
On July 5th President Clinton signed two United Nations (U.N.) documents that protect the role of children in armed conflict, sex trafficking and slavery....
6/30/2000 Afghan Intellectuals Threatened in Pakistan
Amnesty International has reported that Pakistan has recently deported former Kabul University Professor Mohammad Rahim Elham in violation of an agreement between Pakistani government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for joint assessment of Afghan refugee claims prior to deportation....
6/29/2000 UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan
UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan This week United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented his most recent report on the situation in Afghanistan to the U.N....
6/28/2000 Over 80 Percent Of Repatriated Afghan Refugees Are Women And Children
Under pressure from the Pakistani and Iranian governments, some Afghan refugees are returning to Afghanistan despite deadly drought, threat of renewed fighting and landmines, and denial of basic rights such as education for women and girls....
6/12/2000 Feminist Majority Foundation Participates in Beijing +5
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) joined hundreds of NGOs and women's rights leaders from around the world at the United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly entitled Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century (Beijing +5) in New York last week. FMF International Campaign Organizer, Ossai Miazad, and Afghan Refugee Giti Shams kicked off the Beijing +5 Conference during the opening Welcome Rally at the United Nations Plaza by addressing the crisis facing Afghan women and girls....
6/2/2000 Israeli Women Could Face Seven Years in Jail for Praying
The Israeli parliament yesterday attempted to override a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision granting women greater religious equality....
6/1/2000 Half the World's Women Are Victims of Domestic Violence, Unicef Reports
Up to half of the female population of the world become the victims of domestic abuse, suggests Unicef's report, "Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls," released today. The study defines "abuse" broadly, from the abortion of female fetuses to the infanticide of girl-children, to "the deliberate under-feeding" of girls and their lack of access to medical care, to sexual abuse and incest, to "the fatal beating of adult women." The report shows that domestic violence is alarmingly prevalent in every country and region, although "the problem is often most acute in the poorest countries." The study gathers already published research from many countries, and is part of Unicef's recent series of studies on women's rights aimed at uncovering the political, economic, and socio-cultural reasons behind women's inability to overcome disadvantages like poverty and illiteracy....
5/9/2000 Hearing Begins on Afghans' Appeal of Asylum Denial
Thirty-eight Afghan passengers from a jet hijacked in February who were denied asylum in Britain by Home Secretary Jack Straw began their appeal yesterday....
5/8/2000 Fundraiser: Walk for the Women of Afghanistan
Illinois Wesleyan University recently hosted a Walk for the Women of Afghanistan....
5/5/2000 Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns Taliban's Brutal Killing of Woman in Afghanistan and Calls for US Action
The Feminist Majority Foundation condemns the public stoning of a woman to death in Northern Afghanistan by the Taliban militia for allegedly committing adultery and calls for an end to the brutal gender apartheid regime that continues to terrorize the women and girls of Afghanistan....
5/4/2000 House Committee Holds Hearing on CEDAW
The House International Relations Committee held a hearing on the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) yesterday....
5/2/2000 Woman Stoned to Death for Adultery by the Taliban
In Afghanistan on Monday, a woman was stoned to death by the extremist Taliban militia after supposedly confessing to committing adultery....
3/28/2000 Opinion>>> Beyond Sanctions
While the U.S....
3/2/2000 Leadership Alliances Celebrate Women's History Month
Leadership Alliances Celebrate Women's History Month Across the US! As we kick off Women’s History Month, students around the country are preparing to celebrate International Women’s Day....
2/22/2000 Aid Reaches Remote Afghan Valley
A World Food Program convoy of trucks reached a remote eastern valley of Afghanistan on Tuesday that has been cut off by snow and war....
2/16/2000 Afghans Seeking Asylum in Britain Meet Obstacles
Nearly 70 Afghans are seeking asylum in Britain following last week's hijacking of an Ariana Boeing 727....
2/14/2000 Afghans Seeking Asylum in Britain Meet Obstacles
Nearly 70 Afghans are seeking asylum in Britain following last week's hijacking of an Ariana Boeing 727....
2/9/2000 France Takes Firm Stance with Taliban on Women's Rights
During a meeting with the Taliban in Paris on Monday, a French delegation, led by Marie-France Pagnier, vice-director for Asian affairs, took a firm stand on women's rights....
2/8/2000 Taliban Militiamen Meet with European Officials
A delegation representing the Taliban militia is meeting with government officials throughout Europe in order to discuss "various issues with different European countries." The delegation headed by the Taliban Deputy Foreign Minister has already met with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Switzerland and plan to meet with officials in France and Denmark....
2/1/2000 Inderfurth Recognizes Work of Feminist Majority Foundation for Afghan Women
In his remarks on Afghanistan to the Council on Foreign Relations, Karl Inderfurth, U.S....
1/31/2000 Taliban Criticizes Egypt Over Easier Divorces for Women
Afghanistan's extremist Taliban militia spoke out against the decision by Egypt's parliament for passing a law making it easier for women seeking to divorce their husbands....
1/28/2000 Support for the Women of Afghanistan
Students Organize Support for the Women of Afghanistan The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Iowa State University recently held a showing of "Shroud of Silence," the video depicting the lives of Afghani women living under the Taliban regime....
12/23/1999 HRW: No Improvement in Status of Women Under Taliban
Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2000 concludes that there has been no improvement in the situation of women in areas of Afghanistan under Taliban control....
12/21/1999 Afghan Woman Burned to Death by Husband
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) reported the burning of an Afghan woman by her husband in Kabul recently....
12/14/1999 Taliban Invites Hillary Clinton to Afghanistan
The Taliban militia has invited First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to visit Afghanistan and view for herself the condition of women there....
12/13/1999 Pakistan Bank Freezes Taliban Assets
In keeping with the United Nations resolution passed on November 14, the State Bank of Pakistan has ordered banks to freeze all assets belong to Afghanistan's ruling Taliban army....
12/10/1999 Afghans May Face Severe Hunger
The World Food Program (WFP) stated today that millions of people in war-ravaged Afghanistan face the potential of severe food shortages this winter....
12/3/1999 Women Implore Canada to Pressure Taliban
An influential group of Canadian and American women is asking Ottawa to take steps to restore women's rights in Afghanistan....
12/1/1999 Annan Condemns Taliban's Human Rights Abuses
U.N....
11/23/1999 Afghan Refugees Turned Away on World Humanitarian Day
Pakistani authorities forced about three hundred fleeing Afghans, including women and children, to return to Afghanistan....
11/22/1999 Afghan Women Call for UN Arms Embargo
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), based in Pakistan, called on the United Nations to stop the flow of arms into Afghanistan in order to bring peace to the country....
11/16/1999 Taliban Executes Woman in a Sports Stadium
The Taliban militia in Afghanistan shot and killed a woman as she was "cowering beneath a pale blue all-enveloping burqa," yesterday in what they described as the first "public" (the woman was shot in the center of a sports stadium) execution of a woman in Kabul since the Taliban took control of the city three years ago....
11/10/1999 Albright Responds to Taliban Threat
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke out in response to an ominous letter from the Taliban in Afghanistan, stating "I think the American people understand that this is a considerable threat." In the letter, Taliban army leader Mullah Mohammed Omar threatened "surprises" against the American people if economic sanctions are imposed on Sunday for its refusal to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden....
11/9/1999 Taliban Threatens the United States
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban army issued Tuesday unspecified threats against the United States if economic sanctions are imposed for its refusal to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden....
11/5/1999 UN Human Rights Expert Condemns Taliban Atrocities
Kamal Hossain, special rapporteur of the UN High Commission on Human Rights, has urged US policy makers to approach the Afghanistan issue with a "comprehensive" approach rather than focusing simply on bin Laden....
11/4/1999 No Supply Route Might Mean Disaster for Afghan Refugees
The United Nations relief coordinator for Afghanistan predicts disaster this winter unless the Taliban agrees to provide a safe route to deliver food, fuel, and shelter supplies to the northern Panjshir Valley....
10/27/1999 President Clinton Denounces Taliban Treatment of Women
After hearing the extremist Taliban militia express interest in working with the U....
10/26/1999 Albright Hints at Improved Relations With Taliban for Release of bin Laden
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright suggested yesterday that the extremist Taliban militia that is responsible for gender apartheid in Afghanistan might be granted improved relations with the United States if they release international terrorist Osama bin Laden....
10/22/1999 Celebrity Gathering in NY Against Gender-Apartheid a Success
At a gala event sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Glamour Magazine, over 300 celebrities joined with human rights advocates Monday at the Forrest Ballroom of New York city's W Hotel to speak out against the terrible abuses women are suffering under Taliban military rule in Afghanistan....
10/21/1999 Celebrity Gathering in NY Against Gender-Apartheid a Success
At a gala event sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Glamour Magazine, over 300 celebrities joined with human rights advocates Monday at the Forrest Ballroom of New York city's W Hotel to speak out against the terrible abuses women are suffering under Taliban military rule in Afghanistan....
10/18/1999 Today™ Show: Stop Gender Apartheid NY Event Tonight
Mavis Leno, wife of comedian Jay Leno, was interviewed this morning by Katie Couric of NBC's Today show about FMF’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan....
10/18/1999 Dangerous Winter Looms Ahead for Afghans Displaced by Taliban
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans that have been forced to flee their homes by the Taliban militia’s reign of terror face a long cold winter that UN officials predict could be “as much a killer as the actual fighting.” In the Panjshir Valley, one of the few places in Afghanistan that the Taliban militia does not yet control, an estimated 65,000 displaced Afghans currently seek refuge....
10/18/1999 Taliban Refuses to Extradite bin Laden
Afghanistan’s Taliban regime this weekend refused UN demands to extradite suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden....
10/13/1999 Pakistan Coup Bodes Poorly for Afghan and Pakistani Women
Senior US officials today expressed concern that Tuesday’s military coup may be the next step in the “Talibanization” of the Pakistani government....
10/8/1999 FMF President Speaks Out on Afghan Women’s Plight
Judy Mann, leading Feminist columnist, in her Washington Post column today, featured the plight of women in Afghanistan who are suffering under Taliban rule....
10/6/1999 Madeleine Albright Speaks Out Against the Taliban
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in an important show of solidarity with the international movement for women's rights, spoke out against the Taliban's treatment of women....
10/5/1999 U.N. Says Taliban Offensive Will Lead to Humanitarian Disaster
The U.N....
10/5/1999 U.S. Mounts Pressure on Taliban Over bin Laden
A Clinton Administration proposal to impose sanctions against Afghanistan’s state-run airline will likely be supported by the U.N....
9/30/1999 Scholar Notes Systematic Repression of Women and Girls in Afghanistan
Earlier this week at a policymaker’s forum on Capital Hill William Maley, viewed as one of the world’s leading scholars and experts on Afghanistan, spoke of the Taliban’s systematic and repressive policy towards women....
9/21/1999 UN Sanctions Taliban Abuse of Women
Sunday Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N....
9/20/1999 Taliban Evict Women From Villages
Women and Children from the region in Shoamali, Afghanistan are being forced from their homes by the Taliban regime, who controls 90% of Afghanistan....
9/16/1999 UN Investigator Confirms Gender Apartheid, Finds Little Hope for Women Living Under Taliban Regime
A United Nations human rights investigator presented evidence of systematic discrimination against women under the Taliban regime....
9/8/1999 FMF's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Spurs Rescue Mission
After surviving harrowing experiences under the brutally repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, 17 Afghan refugees have escaped their country and reached the United States....
8/27/1999 U.N. Expert to Evaluate Afghan Women's Situation
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8/24/1999 Afghan Women Forced Into Prostitution
The Herald Magazine recently published an article contending that "scores" of Afghan women have turned to prostitution in order to support themselves....
8/24/1999 RAWA Urges UN to Restore Peace in Afghanistan
The Pakistan-based Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan issued a statement Monday urging the U.N....
8/23/1999 Afghans Protest Taliban, Pakistan's Interference
Afghan refugee families protested the "gradual invasion of Afghanistan by Pakistan, Arab militias and Talibs (members of the Taliban regime)" in numerous demonstrations this past week....
8/23/1999 Afghan Scholar Offers $113 for Clinton's Head
The Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported Sunday that Afghan scholar Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost has offered $113 for U.S....
8/18/1999 Annan "Deeply Distressed" by Displacement of Afghan Civilians
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan released a statement yesterday saying that he was "deeply distressed by reports of widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Afghanistan." A spokesperson for the U.N....
8/17/1999 Pakistan Stops Taliban Recruits From Crossing Border
Pakistan's government announced yesterday that it has blocked religious school students from crossing the border into Afghanistan....
8/17/1999 Pakistan Islamic Militants Threaten to Strike U.S.
A representative of militant Islamic groups in Pakistan threatened that the U.S....
8/16/1999 Thousands of Pakistan "Religious" Students Join Taliban Fighting
Thousands of religious school students from Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have crossed the border to Afghanistan to join the fundamentalist Taliban militia....
8/16/1999 Afghan Women, Children Face Death
Ongoing fighting between the extremist Taliban militia and its northern opposition has forced more than 150,000 people to flee their homes....
8/13/1999 Hundreds of Afghan Refugees Protest Against Taliban
Hundreds of Afghan refugees demonstrated against the militant, fundamentalist Taliban regime today in a demonstration held outside the U.N.'s offices in Tehran....
8/12/1999 U.S. Imposes More Sanctions on the Taliban
On Tuesday, the United States slapped sanctions on Ariana Afghan Airlines because of the company's support of alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden....
8/11/1999 EU, UN Concerned About Afghan Violence
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the European Union expressed concern about violence in war-torn Afghanistan, saying "The EU appeals to the warring parties to immediately cease fighting and to return to the negotiating table." The spokesperson also communicated the EU's concern about high numbers of displaced people in the region and "deteriorating humanitarian conditions." In a statement, the EU "called on those states who interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan to stop" and on "neighboring states to prevent the flow of arms and personnel from and through their countries." Meanwhile, the United Nations continues to express similar concerns....
8/10/1999 U.S. Denies Plans to Attack Saudi Terrorist
Based on reports from "informed Pakistani sources," Qatari television journalists reported that two U.S....
8/4/1999 Taliban Surrounds Afghan Opposition
In the latest developments of the violent civil war in Afghanistan, the Taliban has reportedly cut a weapon supply line key to the opposition, killing at least 25 of their militiamen....
7/30/1999 Terrorist Laims to Flee Afghanistan
The Afghan Islamic Press has reported that Osama bin Laden, the terrorist accused of bombing U.S....
7/26/1999 World Organizations Disappoint Afghans
According to the chairwoman of the Afghan Women Council, international organizations such as the UN have disappointed thousands of Afghan refugees who are living in extremely undesirable circumstances in various refugee camps throughout the world....
7/21/1999 Afghan Peace Talks Accomplish Little
Afghanistan's factions gathered on Monday for a UN-sponsored peace talk which took place in Uzebekistan's capital, Tashkent....
7/19/1999 Afghan Factions Gather at UN-Sponsored Peace
With much persuasion from its neighbors in Pakistan, the Taliban has reluctantly agreed to attend peace talks held in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent....
7/13/1999 Afghanistan Foundation Urges Clinton to Further Isolate the Taliban
The Afghanistan Foundation, founded by former Congressman Don Ritter (R-PA) has implored President Clinton to take a stronger stance against the Taliban....
7/7/1999 Taliban Dismisses U.S. Sanctions
Taliban head Mullah Mohammed Omar has dismissed U.S.-imposed financial and commercial sanctions on Afghanistan....
7/6/1999 U.S. Cracks Down on the Taliban
On Monday, President Clinton signed an executive order imposing sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan for its support of Osama bin Laden, the international terrorist accused of bombing U.S....
6/28/1999 The Red Cross Returns to Afghanistan
After assurances of security protection from the Taliban, the International Red Cross reinstated its operations in the war torn nation....
6/24/1999 Taliban Targets Media in Afghanistan
On Tuesday, the Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammed Omar announced that the publication of any information in opposition to the Taliban is a crime punished by a 5-year jail sentence....
6/18/1999 Amnesty International Documents Taliban's Crimes
In its annual report released yesterday, Amnesty International documented human rights abuses in 142 countries and territories, including the abused committed by Afghanistan's Taliban regime....
6/17/1999 Amnesty International Documents Taliban's Crimes
In its annual report released yesterday, Amnesty International documented human rights abuses in 142 countries and territories, including the abused committed by Afghanistan's Taliban regime....
6/8/1999 Kopp, bin Laden Join FBI's Most Wanted List
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5/13/1999 Progress in Afghanistan?
Capricious and selective enforcement of the Taliban’s brutal gender apartheid edicts is a far cry from restoration of women’s rights." -- Eleanor Smeal WASHINGTON, DC In light of a May 11, 1999 Washington Post story on the status of gender apartheid in Afghanistan, the Feminist Majority Foundation -- the organization spearheading the nationwide and worldwide Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid (chaired by Mavis Leno) -- reviewed the status of basic human rights under continued Taliban oppression of women and girls. "Recent stories show some indications that the Taliban regime is responding to international pressure either by taking small steps to selectively ease some of their draconian restrictions or by trying to create the impression that they are easing the restrictions." said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
5/5/1999 Taliban Creates Islamic Constitution
The Taliban's Ministry of Justice has worked with more than 2000 religious scholars to draft a constitution based on Islamic Sharia law....
5/3/1999 Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Taliban Work to Expedite Pipeline Project
Energy ministers for Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and for Afghanistan's Taliban regime have signed a joint declaration pledging their resolve to expedite construction of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan....
4/29/1999 Taliban, Pakistani Officials Discuss Gas Pipeline
The Taliban's minister for mines and industries began meetings with Pakistani officials yesterday to strategize how they might speed up construction of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan....
4/29/1999 First Lady Criticizes Taliban
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly criticized the Taliban's abuse of women in girls in a speech she gave yesterday at a Capitol Hill luncheon sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights to honor Sen....
4/28/1999 Pakistan: Afghan Women Lead Protest at U.N. Offices
Afghan women pleaded for help and attention to their suffering in a protest led by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) at U.N....
4/28/1999 Taliban To Allow Women From One Aid Organization To Work
Taliban health minister Mulla Mohammad Abbas Akhund has signed a protocol that will allow women to work with the Swiss-based foreign aid organization, Terre Des Hommes (TDH)....
4/26/1999 U.N. Resolution Condemns Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan
The United Nations Human Rights Commission adopted a resolution condemning "widespread" human rights violations in Afghanistan Friday....
4/19/1999 Taliban Lashes Women Over Affair
In a public ceremony watched by thousands, an Afghan woman and her mother were lashed for "immoral behavior." The daughter was convicted of "immoral behavior" for having a sexual affair and received 100 lashes....
4/19/1999 RAWA Pledges Continued Fight for Afghan Women's Rights
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has issued a declaration in which the group criticizes U.N.-brokered peace talks between the Taliban and Northern Alliance and makes recommendations on how other nations and the U.N....
4/12/1999 Taliban Rules Out Further Peace Talks
Last month, Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its northern opponents agreed to cease fighting and to create a common government....
4/8/1999 Afghanistan Fares Poorly in Human Rights Report
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4/2/1999 Taliban Criticizes President Clinton
Taliban officials accused President Bill Clinton of insulting Islam after he criticized the regime's brutal repression of women in Afghanistan....
3/31/1999 Hollywood Mobilizes for Afghan Women
On Monday evening in an unprecedented show of support for international women's human rights, the Hollywood community turned out in numbers to join women's rights and human rights leaders in exposing the brutal treatment of women and girls living under gender apartheid in Afghanistan....
3/29/1999 Hollywood Mobilizes for Afghan Women
Washington DC -- On Monday evening in an unprecedented show of support for international women's human rights, the Hollywood community turned out in numbers to join women's rights and human rights leaders in exposing the brutal treatment of women and girls living under gender apartheid in Afghanistan....
3/29/1999 Hollywood Community Gathers to Expose Human Rights Abuses and Send a Message of Hope to the Women and Girls of Afghanistan
On March 29, 1999, the Hollywood community, and women's rights and human rights leaders will converge to shine a bright light on the human rights abuses against the women and girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime....
3/26/1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton Condemns Violent Abuse of Algerian, Afghan Women
In a speech before a large group of professional women in Tunisia's capital, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly condemned the violent abuse of women in Algeria and Afghanistan by fundamentalist Islamic groups....
3/24/1999 Afghan Opposition Proposes to Free 1,000 Taliban Prisoners
During talks on Tuesday with Lakdar Brahimi, U.N....
3/16/1999 Clintons Host "Millennium Evening" on Women's Rights
In a gathering held last night at the White House, President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton held a discussion with women's historians and activists on the topic of women's rights, past and present....
3/15/1999 Taliban, Northern Opposition Agree to Form Coalition Government
The United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan reported Sunday that Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its northern opponents have brokered an agreement to cease fighting and to create a common government....
3/10/1999 U.N. Workers to Return to Afghanistan
Last August, forty United Nations foreign staff members were withdrawn from Afghanistan after Carmine Calo, a military advisor to the United Nations, was murdered in Kabul....
3/9/1999 Women's Bar Association Program Focuses on Taliban, CEDAW
The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia will host a special program entitled "War on Women: The Taliban's Destruction of Human Rights in Afghanistan" this Thursday, March 11 at noon....
3/8/1999 US, NGOs Address Taliban's Abuse of Women and Girls
Both the United States government and NGOs are calling attention to the plight of women and girls in Afghanistan at the 43rd annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York....
3/8/1999 Amnesty International Urges Pakistan to Protect Activists
Amnesty International urged Pakistan's government to take steps to protect the women who will protest against the Taliban's abuse of Afghan women and girls on International Women's Day, March 8....
3/5/1999 Hillary Clinton Condemns Taliban Abuses in U.N. Speech
In a speech to United Nations staff and delegates yesterday, Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke out against the Taliban's abuse of Afghan women and girls and the trafficking of women in children for use as prostitutes in Thailand and many other nations....
3/4/1999 Bin Laden Loses Favor With Taliban
Osama bin Laden, a major instigator of anti-U.S....
3/1/1999 U.S. State Department Condemns Taliban
The U.S....
2/22/1999 Taliban Targets Refugees in Pakistan
Many prominent anti-Taliban Afghan nationals who fled their homes to live in Pakistan have been harassed, threatened, beaten, and even murdered....
2/8/1999 Unocal May Rejoin Pipeline Project
Pakistan's petroleum secretary Dr....
2/3/1999 Taliban Uses Torture As Punishment
Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, amputations of hands and feet are common punishment for thieves, while murderers are publically executed and women are tortured for violating Taliban rules....
1/27/1999 U.N. Establishes "Gender Coordinating Unit" for Afghanistan
The U.N....
1/25/1999 Pakistan Continues to Emulate Taliban
Last August, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced his intention to rule Pakistan under a system of Islamic Shari'a law by proposing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate all secular laws and institute laws based on the Muslim holy book, the Koran....
1/5/1999 Taliban Threatens Women's Group
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) postponed a demonstration slated for December 27 in Peshawar, Pakistan after a man who claiming to be a spokesperson for the Taliban threatened to break the legs of protesters....
1/4/1999 UNICEF Reports on Afghan Schools
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) released a report which revealed that the number of children, and especially girls, who are unschooled in Afghanistan is increasing, and that the repressive Taliban regime continues to violate a U.N....
12/21/1998 U.N. to Investigate Taliban Massacres: Taliban Stages Public Execution, Lashing
The United Nations announced plans to send a five-member delegation to Afghanistan early next year in an investigation of alleged Taliban civilian massacres....
12/16/1998 U.K. Banker Allegedly Seeks Business With Taliban
London's The Observer newspaper reported that top bankers from Barclays Private Bank Ltd., the U.K.'s second largest bank, met with Taliban officials last month about investment opportunities in Afghanistan, citing senior members of the Taliban ministry as its source....
12/15/1998 Moslem Fundamentalist Group Threatens U.S.
London-based Arab newspaper al-Hayat published a statement issued by the Moslem fundamentalist group al-Jihad....
12/15/1998 Hillary Rodham Clinton Blasts Taliban
In an awards ceremony for human rights activists last week, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton blasted the Taliban for its abuse of human rights, and particularly women's rights....
12/10/1998 Afghan Women Testify To Taliban Terrors at UN Mock Tribunal
Women who have suffered human rights violations appeared at a UN mock tribunal last night, the eve of today's 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....
12/10/1998 U.N. Security Council Sends Warning to Taliban Leaders
The Taliban's actions to protect suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden and human rights violations were denounced by the U.N....
12/7/1998 Victory! Unocal Quits Afghanistan Pipeline Project
In a stunning victory for the Feminist Majority's "Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan!" campaign, Unocal Corporation has withdrawn its support from plans to build an $8 billion dollar oil pipeline through Afghanistan....
12/2/1998 Taliban Increase Restrictions on Afghan Women
The Taliban increased their harsh restrictions on Afghan women today with new rules regarding buses....
12/1/1998 Chechen Government Plans to Recognize the Taliban
Chechnya, one of the former Soviet republics, has prepared to formally recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan....
12/1/1998 New Warnings Issued to Taliban
Iran issued a new set of warnings to the Taliban on Sunday, demanding justice for the Iranian diplomats murdered in Afghanistan this past August....
11/25/1998 UNESCO Leader Calls for Action Against Taliban Oppression
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chief Federico Mayor called for international support to end human rights abuses by Afghanistan's militant Taliban....
11/25/1998 Suffering of Afghan Widows and Orphans Intensified By UN-Taliban Security Disagreements
Unsettled controversy between United Nations officials and the Taliban on the issue of security is making life even more difficult Afghan widows and orphans....
11/20/1998 Bin Laden Cleared of Charges
The Taliban has declared Osama bin Laden innocent of all charges and a free man today....
11/17/1998 Prime Minister Trying to Bring Taliban-like Rule to Pakistan
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently revealed his intention to follow in the footsteps of Afghanistan's Taliban militia by introducing a similar form of strict Islamic rule to Pakistan....
11/16/1998 Taliban Denies Accusations of "Ethnic Cleansing"
Taliban leaders recently spoke out against Human Rights Watch, a United States-based human rights organization that issued a report accusing the fundamentalist Islamic militia of violent "ethnic cleansing" during their takeover of the Northern Afghanistan city, Mazar-i Sharif, in August....
11/13/1998 Afghan Organs Stolen in Peshawar Refugee Camps
The extraction of human organs is becoming increasingly common in Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, according to a report by the Women’s Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan (WAPHA)....
11/12/1998 UN Team Allowed into Central Afghanistan
The Taliban militia have come to an agreement to allow an United Nations assessment team access to the Bamiyan province in Afghanistan to determine the need for winter food aid....
11/11/1998 Taliban Refuse to Hand Over bin Laden Without Proof
The Taliban militia has issued an ultimatum to the United States stating that evidence against suspected Saudi terrorist, Osama bin Laden, must be submitted by November 20 or bin Laden would be cleared of any crimes....
11/9/1998 Taliban Again Offers Trade of Poppy Cultivation for Recognition
Last Friday, Afghan Minister Maulvi Kalamud-Din reiterated an offer first made by Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in October....
11/3/1998 Former Afghan President's Brother-In-Law Murdered in Pakistan
Mohammed Hashim Bakhtiari, the brother-in-law of former Afghan president Najibullah, was shot down after returning home on Monday in Peshawar, Pakistan....
11/2/1998 Human Rights Watch Implicates Taliban in Mass Killings
Human Rights Watch released a report Saturday documenting a massacre by the Taliban that occurred in Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan on August 8, 1998....
10/26/1998 Bridas Ready to Build Pipeline Through Afghanistan
Bridas, an independent energy company in Argentina, is fully prepared to go ahead with their pipeline project in Afghanistan as soon as Taliban officials sign the agreement....
10/23/1998 Taliban Refuse to Release bin Laden
Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering met recently with the chief representative of Afghanistan's Taliban militia, Abdul Hakeem Mujahid, to demand the expulsion of Saudi millionaire, Osama bin Laden....
10/22/1998 Taliban Again Denied Bid for UN Seat
Despite efforts by the Taliban militia to lobby United Nations officials, the international body's credentials committee members have again recommended against recognizing the regime as the legitimate government of Afghanistan....
10/21/1998 Lenos Announce $100,000 Contribution to Raise Awareness of Gender Apartheid in Afganistan
Mavis and Jay Leno today presented a gift of $100,000 to the Feminist Majority Foundation to expand its Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan and to restore women's rights to work, education, healthcare and freedom of movement....
10/21/1998 Mavis Leno to Chair Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid
Mavis and Jay Leno Announce $100,000 Contribution to Raise Awareness and Support New York -- Mavis and Jay Leno today presented a gift of $100,000 to the Feminist Majority Foundation to expand its Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan and to restore women's rights to work, education, healthcare and freedom of movement....
10/20/1998 UN Special Envoy Returns with Mixed Report
UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks last week with the Taliban militia in an attempt to ease the tension between Afghanistan and Iran....
10/8/1998 Study Reveals Harsh Conditions for Women in Afghanistan
Physicians for Human Rights published a recent study on the conditions Afghanistan women have suffered under Taliban rule....
10/7/1998 Taliban Offers to Cut Opium Production in Exchange for U.N. Recognition
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has agreed to eliminate opium production in Afghanistan in exchange for U.N....
10/6/1998 Taliban Isolated By Islamic Community
Support for the Taliban is becoming more and more scarce in the Islamic world....
10/5/1998 Taliban Involved in Drug Trade
There is growing evidence that the fundamentalist Taliban regime is heavily involved in Afghanistan's booming drug market....
10/1/1998 Taliban Seeks International Recognition
The Taliban military regime, which took control of Afghanistan's capital Kabul in 1996, and now controls most of the country, is continuing its quest to gain recognition from the international community as the legitimate government of Afghanistan....
9/29/1998 Afghanistan's Health Care System Continues to Deteriorate
Health care has become an increasingly tragic issue in Taliban controlled Afghanistan....
9/25/1998 Taliban Support Waning
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia, one of three countries that recognize the Taliban militia as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, broke diplomatic ties, citing as their reason the Taliban's sheltering of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi fugitive suspected in recent terrorist attacks on Americans in Kenya, Tanzania, Somolia, and Saudi Arabia....
9/22/1998 Sudanese President Criticizes Taliban's Treatment of Women
The Sudanese President Omar el Beshir recently spoke out against Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its treatment of women....
9/15/1998 New Company Formed to Build Taliban Phone Network
The New York Times reported new information on Telephone Systems International (TSI), the New Jersey-based company that signed a $240 million contract with the Taliban to build and maintain a communications network throughout Afghanistan....
9/11/1998 Taliban Responsible for Murder of Nine Iranian Diplomats; Iran Prepares for Possible Attack
Taliban spokesperson Vakil Ahmad Motevakel said that Taliban forces were responsible for the murders of 9 Iranian diplomats during the Taliban's capture of Kandahar last month....
9/10/1998 Environmental, Human Rights, Women's and Pro-Democracy Groups Petition Attorney General of California to Revoke Unocal's Charter (part1)
Aiming to guard the public from a global oil company which they say is "a dangerous scofflaw corporation," 30 citizens' organizations and individuals today filed a 127-page petition seeking action by the California Attorney General to revoke the charter of the Union Oil Company of California (Unocal)....
9/10/1998 U.N. Negotiating With Taliban to Return Staff to Afghanistan
The United Nations is currently negotiating with the Taliban in an effort to reinstate U.N....
9/8/1998 Iran to Use Non-Military Efforts to Defeat Taliban
Representatives from the Iranian government have said that they will not engage in military battles with the Taliban militia, but will instead pursue more "prudent" efforts to stifle the repressive regime....
9/4/1998 Amnesty International Accuses Taliban of Murdering Thousands
In a press statement made Thursday, Amnesty International said that Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban regime "deliberately and systematically killed thousands of ethnic civilians" and may have murdered 10 Iranian diplomats and a journalist during their military takeover of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif last month....
9/3/1998 Taliban, U.S. Company Sign $240 Million Contract
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8/31/1998 U.N. Tells Afghan Factions to End Fighting, Human Rights Abuses
In a unanimous resolution issued last Friday, members of the United National Security Council ordered all Afghan factions to cease fighting, "cooperate with the aim of creating a broad-based and fully-representative government" and resume negotiations "without delay and preconditions." The resolution also condemned the Taliban's mass abuse of "large groups of the population and other forms of mass persecution," including the repression of girls and women....
8/31/1998 Women's, Human Rights Groups Use Internet to Fight Abuses
Next week, international human rights activist Jean-Paul Marthoz of Human Rights Watch will address an "Outlook for Freedom" conference in Budapest about the many ways that non-governmental organizations, women's rights, and human rights organizations are using the Web to educate and inform citizens about human rights abuses....
8/25/1998 International Women's Alliance Condemns Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism
At a weekend meeting in Copenhagen regarding the status of women's rights around the world, the International Women's Alliance called for an end to religious fundamentalism and extremism....
8/24/1998 Unocal Suspends Afghan Pipeline Project, But Makes No Promises on Women
California-based oil company Unocal announced last Friday that it has revised its position regarding a proposed gas pipeline that would run from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and could earn the repressive Taliban regime in excess of $100 million annually....
8/21/1998 Taliban Says bin Laden Alive
Afghanistan's fundamentalist, repressive Taliban regime claims that U.S....
8/21/1998 Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Another Burns U.S. Flag
Just hours after yesterday's missile strikes on a nearby pharmaceutical plant and terrorist training centers in Afghanistan, dozens of angry Sudanese attacked the abandoned United States embassy in Khartoum....
8/20/1998 Clinton Orders Military Strikes Against Terrorist Facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan
The U.S today launched military strikes against a terrorist base in Afghanistan and a chemical weapons facility in Sudan affiliated with Osama bin Laden, a major funder of anti-U.S....
8/20/1998 Taliban Continues to Shelter Suspected Terrorist: U.S. Embassies Face Bomb Threats
Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Taliban acting Foreign Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan said that if the U.S....
8/19/1998 Albright Urges Taliban to Release Embassy Bombing Suspect
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addressed Taliban officials today at a news conference in Kenya....
8/19/1998 Suspects In U.S. Embassy Bombings Linked to Taliban
Mohammed Saddiq Odeh, a 34-year-old Palestinian man from Jordan, allegedly confessed to Pakistani officials that he planned the August 7 bombings of U.S....
8/19/1998 Taliban-Linked Radical Islamic Groups Threaten U.S.
Two radical, militant Islamic groups, the "Islamic International Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders" and the "Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Places," sent statements to London-based Arabic newsdaily....
8/18/1998 Anti-Taliban Claim Recapture of Important Town
Anti-Taliban opposition forces have recaptured the town of Khawjah Ghuar, according to an opposition spokesperson....
8/14/1998 Gay Men Tortured and Killed by Taliban
According to several European physicians interviewed last spring in Kabul, Afghanistan....
8/12/1998 Taliban Again Seeks UN Recognition, Pipeline Project
Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban regime seized control of the northern city of Pul-e-Kumri today, one of the last remaining opposition military strongholds in the country....
8/11/1998 Islamic Scholars Join Taliban
Over 100 young Afghan scholars from Islamic Seminaries in Pakistan were sent to Afghanistan after the Taliban captured the city Mazar-i-Sharif from the northern opposition....
8/10/1998 Taliban Officials Deny Kidnapping of Iranian Diplomats
Iranian officials announced that they believe the fundamentalist Taliban regime was involved in the kidnapping of 11 Iranian diplomats in Northern Afghanistan The abductions followed the Taliban's capture of the city of Mazar - I - Sharif from Iranian-backed opposition forces....
8/5/1998 Report Reveals Firsthand Accounts of Afghan Women's Health Under the Taliban Regime
Physicians for Human Rights has published a report, "The Taliban's War on Women," that details first-hand accounts of the everyday impact of the militant regime's policies concerning the health, well-being, and economic survival of their female citizens....
8/4/1998 UN-Taliban Talks Fail
A United Nations delegation left Kabul on Sunday after negotiations with the Taliban militia failed to secure the return of foreign aid agencies expelled from the country after workers refused to confine themselves to substandard housing and headquarters. UN humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan Bronek Szynalsky said that he was not convinced Taliban officials were open to discussing the relocation issue....
8/3/1998 Taliban Advances Toward Opposition's Main Headquarters
Afghanistan's fundmentalist Taliban regime, which has exacted its own harsh version of Islamic law on Afghan men and women, continues to gain more power and territory....
7/31/1998 Senate Resolution Condemns Taliban Oppression; Taliban Edicts Continue
The US Senate on July 29 passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein condemning the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan. The resolution states that Congress "deplores the human rights violations," "condemns the targeted discrimination against women and girls and expressed deep concern regarding the prohibitions on employment and education" in Afghanistan, and "strongly condemns the use of rape or other forms of systematic gender discrimination by any party, faction, of power in Afghanistan as an instrument of war." It also provides that Congress calls on the Taliban to respect women's and girl's rights to education, work, and active participation in all social, political, and economic activities, as well as to protect their personal safety....
7/28/1998 Taliban Continues Restrictive Rule
The Taliban deree against possession of televisions and VCRs has resulted in theft of television sets by theives posing as Taliban officials. Taliban officials denounced these robberies as the destruction of private property and warned residents that genuine Taliban authorities wear official armbands and are accompanied by religious scholar, who advise military officials....
7/27/1998 Senate Resolution Condemns Taliban Oppression; Taliban Edicts Continue
The US Senate on July 29 passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein condemning the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan. The resolution states that Congress "deplores the human rights violations," "condemns the targeted discrimination against women and girls and expressed deep concern regarding the prohibitions on employment and education" in Afghanistan, and "strongly condemns the use of rape or other forms of systematic gender discrimination by any party, faction, of power in Afghanistan as an instrument of war." It also provides that Congress calls on the Taliban to respect women's and girl's rights to education, work, and active participation in all social, political, and economic activities, as well as to protect their personal safety....
7/24/1998 Taliban Denies Aid Gap in Afghanistan
After most of the aid agencies in Kabul pulled out, the Taliban announced that people should not worry because the UN would fill the void....
7/24/1998 Taliban Denies Aid Gap in Afghanistan
After most of the aid agencies in Kabul pulled out, the Taliban announced that people should not worry because the UN would fill the void....
7/21/1998 FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADS PROTESTS UNOCAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN
The Feminist Majority led demonstrations with international, human rights, Muslim, and women's groups in Washington DC and Los Angeles today in protest of UNOCAL's business relationship with the repressive Taliban regime....
7/21/1998 U.N. Aid Workers Killed; Many Aid Groups Leave Afghanistan
Two local U.N....
7/21/1998 Feminist Majority Leads Bi-Coastal Demonstration at UNOCAL Headquarters in Washington, DC & Los Angeles
Women Protest UNOCAL’s Negotiations With Taliban Regime in Afghanistan, Which Has Imprisoned Women at Home Washington, DC and Los Angeles -- In response to continued news reports that California-based UNOCAL is going ahead with plans to build a gas pipeline through Afghanistan, where the Taliban regime has virtually imprisoned women and girls in their homes, the Feminist Majority led protests outside UNOCAL offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles....
7/21/1998 Feminist Majority Leads Bi-Coastal Demonstration at UNOCAL Headquarters in Washington, DC & Los Angeles
WHO: Shareholders, women’s rights groups, and human rights groups protest at UNOCAL annual shareholder’s meeting....
7/17/1998 Taliban Minister Rejects UN Ultimatum
Taliban planning minister Qari Din Mohammed rejected the UN's warning that humanitarian groups would leave Afghanistan if their working conditions did not improve....
7/15/1998 UN Threatens to Withdraw Aid From Uncooperative Taliban
After Afghanistan's Taliban regime relocated all private aid organizations to an abandoned and broken down youth hostel outside of the capital, the UN declared that it has lost its patience with the Taliban and will no longer tolerate its lack of cooperation....
7/14/1998 Female Suicides Continue to Rise in Taleban-Controlled Afghanistan
As the Taliban’s grip on Afghanistan worsens, so does the oppresion of women....
7/13/1998 Taliban Forces Take Control of Northwestern Faryab Province
Taliban forces have broken through opposition forces in Northwestern Afghanistan and have taken control of Mailman, the capital of the Northern Faryab province, the Afghan Islamic press reported last Sunday....
7/10/1998 Taliban Declares Harshest Ever Mass Censorship Campaign
The Taliban Minister for the Prevention of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue in Afghanistan declared that all television sets, videocassette recorders, videotapes and satellite dishes must be removed from citizens' homes within 15 days or the technological devices will be smashed by the religious police....
7/7/1998 Opposition-issued Visas Deemed Invalid by Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan announced that all visas that are not approved by the Taliban militia are invalid in the two-thirds of the nation where the fundamentalist government rules....
5/29/1998 Elle Magazine to Aid Afghan Women
French fashion magazine Elle will be priced at 14 francs ($2.34 in U.S....
5/28/1998 Feminist Majority Plans Demonstration Against UNOCAL
Join the Feminist Majority and other women's rights activists in a demonstration against UNOCAL this Monday, June 1....
5/28/1998 U.S. Oil Company Joins in Business Partnership with World's Most Repressive Regime
Shareholders, Women’s Rights and Human Rights Groups Protest Against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan During UNOCAL’S Annual Shareholders Meeting Los Angeles -- WHO: Shareholders, women’s rights groups, and human rights groups protest at UNOCAL annual shareholder’s meeting....
5/20/1998 Taliban Rescinds Peace Talks Agreement
In last month's U.N.-sponsored peace talks, Afghanistan's fundmentalist Taliban militia agreed with the northern opposition alliance to establish a panel of 40 religious scholars who would rule the country....
5/18/1998 More Than Thirty Killed, 50 Wounded in Taliban Attack
Bombed dropped by Taliban jets Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured at least 50 others in Taloqan, a city located about 150 miles north of Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul....
5/18/1998 Taliban Makes No Concessions After 10 Days of Negotiations With U.N.
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5/15/1998 UN Negotiator, Afghan Minister Hold Press Conference
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5/11/1998 Taliban Captures More Territory; Foreign Ministers Condemn Human Rights Abuses
Afghanistan's northern opposition alliance lost territory to the Taliban in this weekend's fighting and has launched a counterattack....
5/7/1998 Afghan Support Organizations Urge Taliban to End Blockades, Improve Security
An alliance of humanitarian aid agencies called the Afghan Donor Support Group issued a statement urging the Taliban to remove blockades in northern, opposition-held sections of Afghanistan* and to improve security conditions for humanitarian aid workers....
5/4/1998 Afghan Talks "Suspended Indefinitely;" Fighting May Resume
Peace talks between the ruling fundamentalist Taliban militia and the northern opposition, which controls the remaining 15% of the country, have been suspended due to disagreement over road blockades and the establishment of a governing council composed of Islamic scholars....
5/1/1998 Taliban Blockade Brings Starvation
In central Afghanistan at least 100 people, mostly women and children, have died of starvation caused by a Taliban militia blockade barring transport of relief supplies into the region, according to unconfirmed U.N....
4/30/1998 Pakistan Women Protest Taliban Treatment of Women
About 1,000 women marched through the streets of Peshawar, Pakistan to protest the Taliban militia group, which rules of two-thirds of Afghanistan....
4/29/1998 Afghan Talks Resume, Taliban Drug Trade Connection Reported
Peace talks between Afghanistan’s fundamentalist Taliban militia and northern opposition groups resumed today, with no mention of the Taliban’s violations of women’s human rights....
4/28/1998 Afghan Talks Stalled Over Negotiator Religious Qualifications
Peace talks between Afghanistan’s ruling fundamentalist Taliban militia and northern opposition groups were suspended yesterday and may not resume until the two groups can agree on necessary qualifications for Islamic scholars who will create a peace agreement, according to a Washington Post article....
4/28/1998 White House Takes Steps Toward Creation of Afghan Pipeline
President Clinton met with President Niyazov of Turkmenistan yesterday in an effort to improve relations between the U.S....
4/27/1998 U.N. Sponsored Afghan Peace-Talks Continue
Afghanistan’s Taliban militia group leaders met with their northern opponents this weekend for peace talks brokered by U.S....
4/23/1998 U.N. Official Gives Taliban Ultimatum on Women
The United Nations announced last week that unless Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban militia group abolishes its decrees restricting the freedom of women and girls, U.N....
4/23/1998 U.N. Official Gives Taliban Ultimatum on Women
The United Nations announced last week that unless Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban militia group abolishes its decrees restricting the freedom of women and girls, U.N....
4/21/1998 Afghanistan Peace Talks Continue
The United Nations will not participate in talks with Afghanistan's Taliban militia group because the Taliban refuses to allow the presence of U.N....
4/20/1998 Richardson Hints at U.S. Aid to Afghanistan, No Guarantees for Women
During talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban militia group leaders and the country’s other warring factions, U.N....
4/17/1998 Richardson Secures Peace Talks in Afghanistan, No News on Women
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4/15/1998 Taliban Makes No Promises
Leaders of the Afghan Taliban militia group stated that they are willing to discuss their decree prohibiting girls from attending school with U.N....
3/31/1998 U.N. Threatens to Leave Afghanistan
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3/30/1998 Taliban Bombs Afghan City; Five Killed
Taliban militia forces in Afghanistan bombed the northern city of Pul-e-Kumri this weekend....
3/24/1998 U.N. Responds to Taliban, Withdraws from S. Afghanistan
The United Nations announced that it has shut down its operations in Southern Afghanistan, the geographical center of operations for the Taliban army, because of harassment by the Taliban and restrictions placed on women humanitarian workers....
3/18/1998 Taliban’s Atrocities Obstruct U.N. Aid Program
Daniela Owen, director of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Herat, near the Afghanistan border, says that the Taliban’s decree forbidding most women from working outside their homes is obstructing WFP work....
3/16/1998 Taliban Extends Gender Apartheid to Foreign Women
The Taliban militia group sent a letter to Sergio de Mello, the United Nation’s humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, stating that they would no longer allow foreign Muslim women in the country unless accompanied by a close male relative....
3/13/1998 Clintons Protest Violence Against Women in Afghanistan, Worldwide
In a White House ceremony marking International Women’s Day First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the Taliban militia group for its violations of women’s human rights in Afghanistan....
3/10/1998 Muslim Women Demand Equal Rights
Islamic women’s groups are voicing their outrage at a growing system of gender apartheid in the Muslim world....
3/9/1998 International Women’s Day Focus on Afghanistan, Algeria
Women around the globe marked International Women’s Day by calling attention to human rights abuses against women in Afghanistan and Algeria....
3/4/1998 Activists Urge U.N. to Address Violence Against Women
Women’s rights activists met at the U.N....
3/3/1998 20,000 Watch as Taliban Whips Girl
The Taliban militia group punished a teen-age girl for walking with an unrelated man with 100 lashes in front of a crowd of 20,000 in Afghanistan’s sports amphitheater....
3/2/1998 Leno Testifies Against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Mavis Leno, member of the National Board of the Feminist Majority, today testified at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to call attention to the extreme human rights violations being committed against women in Afghanistan....
3/2/1998 Feminist Majority Leads Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
National Board Member Mavis Leno Testifies at Forum Sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein Washington DC -- Mavis Leno, a writer, resident of Los Angeles, California, and member of the National Board of the Feminist Majority, today testified at a forum sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to call attention to the extreme human rights violations being committed against women in Afghanistan....
2/5/1998 Human Rights Study Reports Worldwide Oppression of Women
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2/4/1998 U.S. Feminist Organizations and European Parliament Join Forces to End Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
BRUSSELS -- Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal today joined Emma Bonino, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, other members of the European Parliament, international non-governmental organizations and women from Afghanistan in launching an international campaign, "A Flower for the Women of Kabul," to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan....
2/3/1998 U.S. Feminist Organizations and European Parliament Join Forces to End Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
BRUSSELS -- Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal today joined Emma Bonino, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, other members of the European Parliament, international non-governmental organizations and women from Afghanistan in launching an international campaign, "A Flower for the Women of Kabul," to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan....
1/28/1998 U.S. Supported Pipeline Will Continue, Despite Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Despite promises from oil companies to hold off on a $1.9 billion gas pipeline until there is a recognized government and peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan officials stated that the agreement between the nations is very close to being formalized....
1/12/1998 Taliban Could Earn $100 Million Per Year Through Pipeline
The Taliban militia group in Afghanistan, which has banned women from working and going to school, would earn between $50 million and $100 million per year in revenues if an oil pipeline is built through Afghanistan by the U.S....
1/2/1998 Taliban Leader Denounces Women's Freedom as "Obscene"
In response to United Nations demands that the Taliban ruling militia improve women's and girls' access to education in Afghanistan, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said that education for women "is a big infidel policy which gives such obscene freedom to women." Currently, the Taliban controls two-thirds of Afghanistan, and has banned women and girls from working, going to school, and leaving their homes without a close male relative....
12/31/1997 Taliban Leader Denounces Women's Freedom as "Obscene"
In response to United Nations demands that the Taliban ruling militia improve women's and girls' access to education in Afghanistan, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said that education for women "is a big infidel policy which gives such obscene freedom to women." Currently, the Taliban controls two-thirds of Afghanistan, and has banned women and girls from working, going to school, and leaving their homes without a close male relative....
10/31/1997 Maloney and Rohrabacher Plan Trip to Investigate Afghani Abuses
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) are planning a trip to Afghanistan to investigate the situation of women's human rights....
10/27/1997 U.S. Oil Company Has Largest Stake in Afghan Pipeline
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9/30/1997 Taliban Detains Officials and Journalists in Afghanistan
Armed police of the Taliban extremist group arrested and detained European commissioner Emma Bonino and 18 other European representatives and journalists, including Christiane Amanpour of CNN, for allegedly making a videotape inside a Kabul women's hospital on September 29....
9/22/1997 Taliban Ignores Poverty and Further Censors Media in Afghanistan
While widows in Kabul stand in line for food handouts and policemen beg at intersections, the Taliban extremist group in Afghanistan issued an edict banning foreign journalists from writing commentaries or analyses of the situation in Afghanistan....
9/19/1997 Taliban Advances in Northern Afghanistan, Pushes for U.N. Seat
The Taliban extremist group in Afghanistan captured Hayratan, a northern town in Afghanistan, bringing them closer to another attack on Mazar-e-Sharif, the headquarters of Taliban opposition leaders....
9/1/1997 U.N. Continues to Deny Taliban Afghan Seat
The international community continues to resist the Taliban's efforts to gain recognition as the official government of Afghanistan....
8/15/1997 U.S. Suspends Operation of Afghan Embassy
The United States has decided to suspend operations indefinitely at the Afghan Embassy....
8/13/1997 Taliban Still Seeking U.S. Recognition
Representatives of Afghanistan's fundamentalist Islamic Taliban militia have increased their efforts to gain U.S....
7/31/1997 Groups Protest Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan
Women's rights and human rights activists, led by the Feminist Majority, protested the Taliban's policies of gender apartheid in Afghanistan in noontime pickets on Wednesday, July 30 at the Pakistani and Afghan embassies....
7/30/1997 Feminist Majority Protests the Taliban's Violation of Afghan's Women's Rights
Women's organizations, international groups, and human rights groups condemned the atrocities committed against Afghan women by the Taliban at noon-time pickets, sponsored by the Feminist Majority, in front of the Pakistan and Afghanistan embassies on Thursday, July 30....
7/30/1997 Feminist Majority Protests the Taliban's Violation of Afghan Women's Rights
Washington DC -- Women's, international, and human rights groups condemned the atrocities committed against Afghan women by the Taliban at noon-time pickets, sponsored by the Feminist Majority, in front of the Pakistan and Afghanistan embassies on Wednesday, July 30....
7/22/1997 Taleban Imposes New Restrictions on Women in Afghanistan
The Taleban, an Islamic fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan, has imposed even greater restrictions on women....
3/31/1997 Ella Maillart, Writer, Sportswoman and World Traveler and Photographer Dies at Age 94
Ella Maillart died at her mountain chalet in Chandolin, Switzerland on March 27th at the age of 94....
3/19/1997 Women's Faces Corrupt Men, Says Taleban in Afghanistan
The extremist Islamic group controlling much of Afghanistan, the Taleban, ordered Kabul residents to paint their windows opaque so neighbors would not see women's faces inside the homes....
3/10/1997 Afghan University Stays Closed to Women
In Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul University reopened on March 9 after being closed by the Islamic militia Taliban’s takeover of the city in September....
2/24/1997 Saudi Arabia Funds Taliban in Afghanistan
The fundamentalist regime in Saudi Arabia continues to monetarily support the Islamic Fundamentalist regime Taliban in its quest to occupy more land....
2/24/1997 Saudi Arabia Funds Taliban in Afghanistan
The fundamentalist regime in Saudi Arabia continues to monetarily support the Islamic Fundamentalist regime Taliban in its quest to occupy more land....
1/17/1997 Afghan Woman Beaten for Having Bare Ankles
Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan beat a woman with a belt on the street as a crowd watched, witnesses said on January 16....
12/6/1996 Clinton Names Albright First Female Secretary of State
President Clinton named U.N....


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