Nadia Anjuman, a 25-year-old poet who was gaining recognition after publishing her first book of poetry, was beaten to death last Tuesday in the western Afghan city of Herat. Anjuman’s husband, Farid Ahmad Majid Mia, was arrested and has admitted to hitting her, according to the New York Times. This tragedy is a brutal example of the tenuous conditions for Afghan women who continue to be the victims of violence as they struggle to regain their freedoms following decades of war and gender apartheid under the Taliban regime. United Nations (UN) spokesperson Adrian Edwards said of Anjuman’s death, “Domestic violence is a concern. This case illustrates how bad this problem is here…”
In July, Yakin Ertuk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights on Violence Against Women, urged the Afghan government and the international community to make eradication of violence against women a priority. In a news briefing following her visit to Afghanistan, Erturk reported that “[v]iolence against women remains dramatic in Afghanistan in its intensity and pervasiveness in public and private spheres of life … action must be taken now to protect women, to save lives.”
Anjuman, who was a student at Herat University, was popular in Afghanistan and Iran, according to BBC News. The Associated Press reported that thousands attended her funeral Sunday.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 11/8/05; New York Times, 11/8/05; UN News Service, 7/18/05; Feminist Daily News Wire, 7/19/05
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .