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.
Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Mutmaen said "we consider the ruling as oppression."
The Taliban control 90 percent of Afghanistan and since taking control have barred most women from working for pay, going to school, or even leaving their homes without a close male relative.
The parliament's decision in Egypt gives women a second option when filing for divorce. Women may now file a request for divorce based on incompatibility. Government statistics show that some 1.5 million requests for divorce are filed by women in Egypt each year.
Media Resources: Reuters - January 31, 2000 and New York Times - January 28, 2000
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. . . .