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Outrage at video of Afghan colonel sexually exploiting woman

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The Guardian, 2 November 2017

The Afghan ‘Weinstein’ affair: a graphic video apparently showing a military officer sexually exploiting a woman who had asked for a promotion triggers several women to speak out: that it has not been the first time the accused had do so; that government institutions in general do little to fight harassment and abuse in their own offices; that even in some ministries, being asked for sexual favours in return for job or promotion, “is like a prerequisite”; that harassment deters women from seeking work, but also diminishes their autonomy by discouraging men from letting wives, daughters and sisters work… Studies suggest that up to 90% of Afghan women have endured mistreatment everywhere from school and workplace to prisons and – rampantly – on the streets.