Afghan Women Celebrate New Year’s By Removing Burqas
The Feminist Majority Foundation independently confirmed initial reports that Afghan women in Kabul greeted the (lunar calendar) New Year’s holiday by removing their burqas and participating in public celebration. For the first time in many years, women were able to don brightly colored clothes and move freely in the sun. The Washington Post foreign service further stated that "a spirit of religious, seasonal and political renewal filled the streets." Chairman of the interim government, Hamid Karzai, spoke in Mazar-e Sharif, saying that Afghanistan "is moving toward peace, civilization and enlightenment."
Media Resources: Washington Post - March 22, 2002; Feminist Majority Foundation
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .