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Widespread Violence yet Perpetrators go Unpunished: A new UN report on violence against Afghan women

Jelena Bjelica Thomas Ruttig

Violence against women – be it murder, beatings, mutilation, child marriage, the giving away of girls in marriage to resolve disputes (baad) or other harmful practices – remains widespread throughout Afghanistan, despite the government’s efforts to criminalise such practices, the UN has found. Its new report highlights how mediation by government and traditional actors, which […]

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A War with no End in Sight: The backlashes regarding Afghan women’s rights (amended)

Sari Kouvo

A man cuts off the nose and lips of his wife. He does this because his wife refuses to give him her jewelry to buy drugs, and he does it in front of the couple’s children. This happened on 13 December in Herat, and rightly so, the incident received considerable media and civil society attention. […]

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


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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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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