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. Its findings show that women in Afghanistan continually face heinous abuse and are suffering from lack of health care and education.
"We are not aware of any place in the world in recent history where women have so systematically been deprived of every opportunity to survive in the society -- from working to getting an education to walking on the street to getting health care," said Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights.
The report gave accounts of women who died from easily curable diseases such as appendicitis because hospitals turned them away. Many women have also died during labor because they have no access to medical aid. Even in instances where a woman is allowed access to treatment, she is not allowed to communicate directly with her doctor. The doctor instead speaks to a male relative, who is reponsible for communicating her symptoms.
Feelings of desperation continue to grow amongst women in Afghanistan. Reports of suicide and depression have increased as women are stripped of their rights and their hope.
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. . . .