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. A relatively unknown militia, known as the Lashkar-e-Jabar, have announced that women in Srinagar must wear a burqa, which covers a woman from head to toe with only a small mesh opening to see through, or be punished. The Laskkar-e-Jabar recently claimed responsibility for acid attacks in Srinagar on women who were not wearing veils. This decree is similar to the restrictions imposed upon women living under Taliban rule in nearby Afghanistan, where the extremist militia has imposed a draconian system of gender apartheid banning women from work and education.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .