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A War with No End in Sight: The Backlashes Regarding Afghan Women’s Rights

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Oxus Post, 9 March 2014 Autorised republication of Sari Kouvo's AAN dispatch "A War with No End in Sight: The Backlashes Regarding Afghan Women’s Rights".

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مردی با بمب دستی زن و دو کودکش را در غرب افغانستان مجروح کرد

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BBC (Persian), 18 February 2014 In an article about a man in Herat who blew up his own family members with a hand grenade, AAN's Wazhma Samandary is quoted as saying that cases of domestic violence might not have gone up, but the number of such cases reported: خانم وژمه سمندری از شبکه تحلیل گران […]

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Karzai revisa la ley que desprotegía a las víctimas de violencia doméstica

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El País, 17 February 2014 In an article about the struggle about the EVAW law, this article quotes AAN's Sari Kouvo: “Si se ratifica el proyecto de ley, la mayoría de los casos que se juzgan bajo la EVAW [Ley para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres] se quedarán sin testigos”, confirma Sari […]

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Lack of cash and monitors add to Afghan election troubles

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Reuters, 1 December 2013 A good overview over shortcomings that stand in the way of orderly 2014 elections: "Organizers of Afghanistan's make-or-break presidential election next year say poor security, a shortage of monitors and funding holes are undermining their ability to safeguard the process from the widespread fraud that marred the last poll in 2009." Worryingly, […]

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Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

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BBC, 21 October 2013 Lyse Doucet's story about Kabul's Mirman (Mrs) Baheer literary society, continuing a tradition of women's poetry from Malalai and Rabia Balkhi: "We take pure and sacred words and express our feelings with those words. But I know my society has this belief that writing poetry is a sin."

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How one girl’s killing has put Afghan justice on trial

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The Guardian, 8 October 2013 A good reminder by Emma Graham-Harrison that there are other things then an election campaign going on in Afghanistan, too: The story of "the impoverished relatives of a murdered 16-year-old girl are fighting the wealthy family of an MP [from Bamian province] in Afghan courts in a case that is testing the […]

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Safe as Houses?

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Afghanistan Today, 6 June 2013 Safe houses and shelters are a life-saving resource for many Afghan women who have run away from violence or have been disowned by their families. But such sanctuaries as the House of Hope in Mazar-e Sharif can lose their funding after 2014 if the government does not step in to […]

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The EVAW law – an Evil Law? The backlash at Kabul University

Borhan Osman

Many worried that debating the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law in parliament might backfire. In the end, the Speaker cut short the discussion and sent it into the shadows of a parliamentary committee for further discussion. However, even such a brief debate brought he existence of the law to the public’s attention and […]

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Damage Avoided, for Now? The very short debate about the EVAW law

Christine Roehrs

It took only 20 minutes on Saturday morning for the parliamentary debate on the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law to get heated – and for the Speaker to abruptly stop discussion. He sent the EVAW law back to the Joint Commission of the Parliament, which is responsible for preparing draft laws, for more […]

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On a Knife’s Edge: The looming parliamentary debate about the Elimination of Violence against Women law

Christine Roehrs Sari Kouvo

The Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women (the EVAW law) was celebrated as a major step forward for women’s rights in Afghanistan when it was issued per presidential decree three years ago. It is now on the parliament’s agenda for debate. This is not necessarily good news for women’s rights, however, since a […]

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Unterschriften gegen sexuelle Gewalt

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 8 January 2013 In a short article, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig reports a gang rape case from Ghazni province and the protest campaign of Afghan civil society organisations for a better implementation of the Law for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also quoting AAN’s Wazhma Samandary’s AAN blog on the subject.

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Speaking Out for Justice: An Initial Victory for Women Victims of Violence

Wazhma Samandary

Recently Afghan TV channels and news agencies have reported on an increasing number of cases of violence against women around the country. Only in the two first weeks of December at least four cases of murder were discussed in the media. In reaction to the violent incidents, civil society organizations and women’s rights activists started […]

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