Posts tagged "Afghanistan"
Afghan Women Demand a Larger Role in Peace Process

Afghan Women Demand a Larger Role in Peace Process

As the drawdown of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan continues, Afghan women leaders are awaiting the launch of a new Afghan National Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security, which aims to engage women more meaningfully in the peacebuilding process.
UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her...
Afghan Women's Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack

Afghan Women’s Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack

Afghan law maker and prominent women’s rights leader Shukria Barakzai survived a suicide bombing attack on her armed vehicle on Sunday, November 16. Three people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the attack, which took place several hundred feet from the Parliament building where Barakzai was headed.
Largest USAID Women's Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Largest USAID Women’s Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan

Called "Promote," the program will invest up to $416 million dollars into the education, training, and promotion of Afghan women in civil society, government, and business.
Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan's EVAW Law

Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan’s EVAW Law

Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli sentenced Mullah Mohammad Amin - a religious leader from Afghanistan - to 20 years in prison Saturday for the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Kunduz province.
Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan’s new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women.
Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

In a nationally televised ceremony at the Presidential Palace just one day after President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office, Afghanistan signed a major security agreement with the United States.
Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In

Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In

Ashraf Ghani, who has 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.
New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is the next president of Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, his opponent, will serve as Afghanistan's new chief executive.
Wheels in Motion: Meet Afghanistan's First All-Woman Bicycling Team

Wheels in Motion: Meet Afghanistan’s First All-Woman Bicycling Team

Women in Afghanistan are rediscovering a vehicle of freedom that has galvanized social change since the turn of the 20th century: the bicycle.
Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

The vicious public attack received national attention and sparked outrage among Afghan women leaders.
Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Fifteen girls participated in the race to raise awareness about violence against women. Many others, including government and education leaders in the province, escorted them to the finish line.
$92 Million Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan

$92 Million Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan

The US Agency for International Development announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week.
Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence

Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence

President Hamid Karzai and candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attended a special ceremony to commemorate the day. US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement in honor of the celebration.
Supporting the Advancement of Women in Afghanistan

Supporting the Advancement of Women in Afghanistan

Afghan women have come a long way over the last decade. We have made significant achievements, many of which would have not been possible without the generous support of the international community, especially the United States.
Election Process Agreement Creates Hope for Some in Afghanistan

Election Process Agreement Creates Hope for Some in Afghanistan

Just when the success of the election process seemed to be in doubt, US Secretary of State John Kerry went to Afghanistan to once again play a mediator’s role, meeting with the two presidential candidates and with outgoing president Hamid Karzai to help broker a solution to the disputed election process.
High Turnout in Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff Election

High Turnout in Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff Election

Over seven million Afghans, or 58 percent of the population, successfully voted in the runoff presidential election on Saturday, despite several attacks from the Taliban at polling centers.
Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election

Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election

Afghan women's groups Thursday held a press conference announcing that both of the presidential front-runners had signed a six-point petition for women's rights.
US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

The remaining troops will help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations.
We Must Keep the Momentum Strong for Women and Girls' Education in Afghanistan

We Must Keep the Momentum Strong for Women and Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

Afghan girls are once again attending school, at the primary secondary, and university levels, and they are proving that if given opportunities, they can thrive.