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. agreement to stop discrimination against women and girls.
According to the report, nearly nine of ten girls and two of three boys are not attending school, and the literacy rates for adult men and women is only 47% and 15%, respectively.
Twenty years of civil war and Taliban decrees prohibiting women from working and attending school have drastically reduced the number of teachers and prompted the decline of Afghan schools.
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. . . .