A United Nations Election Office located near Kabul, Afghanistan was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades early this morning. Another UN Election Office in Kandahar was attacked a few hours later, killing a policeman and injuring an election worker. According to Reuters, the UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, said, “We are facing attacks – direct attacks – with fairly heavy weapons, against the office of the electoral process … [T]his is clearly an attempt at undermining the process and again it stresses the importance of the international community to do more in order to assist this process.”
In response to the recent attacks, Arnault urged that more NATO troops be sent to secure Afghanistan before the first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan scheduled for September. Arnault also pointed out that the recent attack in the Logar Province was “so close to Kabul and so close to the security umbrella provided by the international community” consisting of only 6,000 NATO-led peacekeepers in Kabul.
The attacks on the UN Election Offices are the latest in a string of violence directed at relief workers, government employees and private contractors in Afghanistan. Already the elections that were to take place in June have been postponed until September due to the lack of security.
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. . . .