Shots Fired at Female Afghan Journalist in Pakistan
The life of a female Afghan journalist was threatened Monday, October 5, at night in Peshawar, Pakistan when two unidentified assailants fired shots at her. The woman, Najeeba Sara Bibi, is associated with both the BBC Pashto Service and the Pashto daily Hewad.
Over the past few months she has received repeated threats in the form of phone calls and letters which carried the seal of the Afghan government. All communications have told her to stop working and return to her home. Threats also came during a face to face confrontation when six people stopped her on the street to give her the same "advice".
Najeeba Sara lost her husband, Muhammed Ismail Khan, a former Kabul University professor, when he was hanged under the rule of Babrak Karmal. Now, she alone earns the money necessary to support her family; without her employment, her family would have no means to survive.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .