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A Slippery Slope: What Happened to Women’s Rights in March 2012?

Sari Kouvo

March was an interesting month for women’s rights in Afghanistan: President Hamed Karzai endorsed a statement by the National Ulema Council according to which women are worth less than men; the Afghan government launched its first report under the Convention on the Elimination on all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) that, while focusing on […]

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6 April 2012: Combattre en Afghanistan?

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AAN’s Sari Kouvo speaks about Afghan women’s rights and reconciliation at a one-day seminar on Afghanistan organised by the Institut International des droits de l’homme et de la paix (Caen, Normandie). Read more about the seminar here.

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Women’s Day in Afghanistan: Where the ‘Personal is still Political’

Sari Kouvo

International Women’s Day is a good opportunity to reflect on the legal advances made by Afghan women over the past decade and what challenges remain to turn laws on paper into reality. It is particularly needed after the President’s endorsement of the recent Ulama Council statement that, among a number of other points, addresses Afghan […]

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Women and Reconciliation (4): A Response to Anatol Lieven’s Afghan Books Review

Sari Kouvo

Never propose a political system or solution for anybody that you could not live with yourself, not even for women. AAN’s Sari Kouvo comments on Anatol Lieven’s review ‘Afghanistan: The Best Way to Peace’ in the February 2012 issue of the New York Review of Books and notes that Lieven’s ‘best way’ for women is […]

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Afghanistan’s Terrorised Women

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The Straits Times, 25 January 2012 In his op-ed for the Singapore-based newspaper, the AIHRC Executive Secretary Muhammad Musa Mahmoodi summarised why violence against women persists in Afghanistan: the country’s patriarchal tribal tradition that assumes women’s inferiority; the strong political incentive by radical political groups like the Taleban to deprive women of their rights; because […]

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EU censors own film on Afghan women prisoners

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BBC, 10 November 2011 The EU has blocked the release of a documentary on Afghan women who are in jail for so-called “moral crimes”, which it commissioned and paid for, because of “very real concerns for the safety of the women portrayed”. Heather Barr, of Human Rights Watch: ‘It would be reassuring to think that […]

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Afghan women prisoners listen to their teacher in a class in the women's section of the Herat prison on August 16, 2009. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP)

Mothers behind Bars: What about the Children?

Sari Kouvo

Growing up with few evident opportunities and with conflict constantly lurking at the door is the reality for most Afghan children and youth. A group that gets more than its fair share of brick walls and violence are the children that grow up with their mothers in prison. AAN’s Sari Kouvo and Naheed Esar Malikzay […]

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Women and Reconciliation (3): One Step Forward and a Running Match Backwards

Sari Kouvo

This week three major reports about women’s participation in a possible peace process and their stake in the future of Afghanistan were released. The key messages of the reports are that women’s achievements are fragile, and that they are now eroding. AAN’s Sari Kouvo had a look at the Afghanistan Women’s Network’s, ActionAid’s and OXFAM’s […]

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Women’s Rights after 2001: Progress, but much of it on paper only

Thomas Ruttig

Ten years ago on 7 October, the first US bombs fell on Afghanistan – the ouverture to the US-led international intervention on Afghanistan. Thomas Ruttig, an AAN Senior Analyst, interviewed AIHRC commissioner Dr Soraya Rahim Sobhrang* to get her view on the balance of this intervention, with a particular focus on women’s rights. AAN: When […]

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2 October 2011: AAN’s Sari Kouvo discusses gender, conflict and Afghanistan and KATU’s Security Seminar in Helsinki, Finland

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AAN’s Sari Kouvo held a seminar about gender and human security at the annual security seminar of the Civil Society Conflict Prevention Network in Finland. The aim of the seminar was to challenge the state-centered security paradigm through a focus on human security. Other speakers included Finland’s Minister of Development, Heidi Hautala, and Minister of […]

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Pashto Women’s Poetry – A Mirror of their Social Status?

Naheed Esar Malikzay

“My love will gather us both together on the day of resurrection Brutes have placed stones between us in this world.” – On Friday, 16 September, the Mirman Baheer Association, a Pashtun women’s socio-cultural network, met in Kabul.* It was the third gathering of Pashto women poets by the Association and it brought together more […]

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Women and Reconciliation (2): The Dangers of Representing Women as Victims

Deborah Smith

Why are the voices and everyday experiences of Afghanistan’s rural, urban poor and working class women still so rarely heard? Why do they continue to be (re)presented as a homogeneous group of victims of their own families, communities and traditions? In this guest blog, Deborah Smith* argues that it is important to move away from […]

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