Band-e-Amir's four women rangers patrol park and lead way to new opportunities Newswise - In a landmark event for Afghanistan, four women were recently hired as park rangers in Afghanistan's Band-e-Amir National Park, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. These women are the first females ever employed as park rangers in Afghanistan.
SAR-E POL, Afghanistan -- The owner of an Afghan radio network dedicated solely to women says one of its regional stations has been reopened after it was controversially shut down two weeks ago. Shafiqullah Azizi, the owner of the "Voice of Women" network, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that its regional office in Sar-e-Pol Province was back on the air on August 2.
If she beats the odds, Paradise Soururi could become one of the first female rappers in Afghanistan. That is her goal, at least. But life hasn't been easy for her since she returned to her ultra-conservative country four months ago. The 28-year-old hip-hop singer came back to Afghanistan after living in neighboring Iran and Tajikistan.
U.N. body warns of possible set-back to women's rights * Calls for women to have meaningful role in peace talks * Increasing Taliban attacks on schools, suspected poisonings By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, July 29 (Reuters) - Women's rights in Afghanistan risk being further undermined in the fragile country's peace process due to entrenched patriarchal attitudes, a United Nations watchdog warned on Monday.
One of Afghanistan's top religious figures has defended a series of religious decrees that observers warn could further erode women's rights in the country. The eight-article fatwa was issued by a local ulema, or religious council, in the district of Deh Salah in the northern province of Baghlan last month.
The al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party is actively training female recruits to wage jihad in South and Central Asia. A short, one-minute-long video by the Turkish Islamic Party shows five burka-clad women training with pistols, assault and sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers. A male trainer is seen directing the women.
Noorzia Atmar is the human face of women's rights in Afghanistan, her unbridled and open enthusiasm now bruised and sheltered from the public eye. As one of the country's first female lawmakers, she was a vocal and active force in carving out a bigger role for women in a society that had suffered for years under the hard-line rule of the Taliban.
THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The battle for women's rights in Afghanistan could suffer a setback if the international community withdraws its support for the cause of Afghan women, a prominent Afghan philanthropist said.
KABUL, May 17 (IPS) - While global attention is fixed on the scheduled pullout of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014, women here have a much more immediate concern: how will they survive another day at work?
Author's husband and baby, center, with two other Afghan-born men, 2008. Credit: Fariba Nawa. (WOMENSENEWS)-- After reading more than 500 news articles about Afghanistan in the span of six months, I came to the conclusion that Americans, Europeans and Australians think Afghans are savages who are beyond salvation.
In many places around the world, the wedding season kicks off in June. And one of the key moments of the ceremony is the lifting of the veil, a custom that dates back to an ancient ritual when the bride is presented to the groom for his approval.
Last month, Niloofar Rhmani became the first woman to graduate from the Afghan Air Force since the 1980s, and her story is making her a popular symbol of changing times. The 21-year-old from Kabul was awarded her flying wings on May 14 after successfully completing the air force's undergraduate pilot training program, according to the Washington Times.
Kabul, Afghanistan - Fawzi Koofi, an Afghan MP, was left out to die under the sun the day she was born, according to a story she recounts in her autobiography. She is now set to run in Afghanistan's presidential elections next year. Among Westerners, she is regarded as a champion for Afghan women.
Women's rights have improved considerably in Afghanistan since 2001, Sima Samar, Afghan Alternative Nobel Prize laureate tells DW. But the question is, how will the trend develop after NATO leaves in 2014? What has been done so far since 2001 for human rights in Afghanistan and for women's rights?
On 17 May, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova met in Kabul with the Association, founded in 2005 by Ms Shafiqa Habibi and now counting 350 members in five provinces. "Our greatest challenge is the lack of capacity - many journalists have no professional training.
AUAF is constructing the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development, thanks to a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. This new center is a wonderful development for AUAF and Afghanistan.
Written by Karim Amini The Afghan Women's Network is demanding that no amendment or changes should be made in the law on elimination of violence against women. The Women's Network said that the Parliament is trying to bring some amendments in the law on elimination of violence against women which will prove to be detrimental for the Afghan women and put front some serious challenges.
Roya Mahboob, founder of Afghan Citadel Software Co. When Roya Mahboob found out she was on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world she thought it was a mistake. She is an entrepreneur in Afghanistan who rises above death threats, fighting for women's empowerment and education with computers, access to the Internet and social media.
Zahira Sarwar - WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: Take a moment to reflect on what comes to mind when you hear or read the word "Afghanistan." Some common things that often come to people's minds if they have never personally been to Afghanistan include war or violence, poverty, drugs, oppressed burqa-clad women and girls who are not allowed to attend school.
Sonia Sarwari is a celebrity in Afghanistan. Turn the TV on any given day, and her face is bound to sooner rather than later. The 20 year old has been in countless adds, music videos TV series and recently signed five films with a major production company--the first one to emerge after the fall of the Taliban regime, which had banned acting, music and television.
Moska Najib was recently in Kolkata photographing Afghans, called Kabuliwallas, in the 21st century. NEW DELHI: Moska Najib does not fit in with any stereotype of an Afghan woman. The 29-year-old documentary filmmaker is among the top 25 shortlisted for one of the six 'best jobs in the world' - lifestyle photographer in Melbourne.
Over 150 Afghan school girls receive treatment in hospital after suspected poisoning in their school. (Reuters) Over 150 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's capital Kabul fell sick after smelling gas and drinking water, and are now being examined for possible poisoning, hospital officials said on Wednesday (May 1).
The killing of a young Afghan woman by her father in front of a large crowd last week - on the grounds that she had "dishonoured" the family - is further proof that the authorities are failing to tackle shocking levels of gender-based violence in the country, Amnesty International said today.
Credit: Reuters/Ahmad Masood 1 of 8. An Afghan woman holds up opium as she attends a counseling session at the Nejat drug rehabilitation centre, an organisation funded by the United Nations providing harm reduction and HIV/AIDS awareness, in Kabul January 29, 2012.
Canadian visual journalist, social media strategist & media consultant back in ON for a visit after 2+ years in Afghanistan. Currently focused on Afghan media development & editor of GreenQuinte.com environmental initiative.