Afghanistan is a very controversial place. There are good and bad people. The government is very curropt and is run by a horrible guerilla group called the Taliban. They have banned sevral things such as music and have banned women completely and deemed them worthless. Lately, many organizations and steps have been talen to get these things to change and the country and the women have begun to have better laws and treatment. However, There is stillmuch more progress that needs to be done.
By Tara Kangarlou It's become one of the most dangerous jobs in the Afghanistan government. Six months after a car explosion killed the head of the women's affairs department in Eastern Laghman, in the province of ...
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The following article tells us how dangerous it has become to be a working women in Afghanistan. Especially as a worker with the U.s sevral women have been shot blank on their way to work. Many are afraid of the time when America and other countries aiding them leave. This is soppoused to happen approximately in 2014. These women fear that afer these countires retreat all gains for Afghana women will be lost and it will become how it as during the harsh rule of the Taliban. However Anerica promises to stand by these women as long as they are fighting for their rights.
In the article Spreading good, Forbidding evil, we get an insight into the Taliban and how and when they came into power. It tells us that they were put into power as guerrilla fighters in order to get the Soviet Union out of the country. They were funded by several other countries including America. .During both the Soviet occupation and civil war, the Taliban were organized as part of the Mujahideen but did not rise to pre-eminence until a group of well-trained Taliban members were chosen by Pakistan to protect convoys trying to open trade routes from Pakistan into Central Asia. After the Taliban rose they were insistent on setting strict rules from the Sharia law. They even hung the former Afghanistan President Najibullah and his brother Shahpur Ahmedzai to show the power that they had over the country and soon public executions and other punishments, such as floggings, became regular events at Afghan soccer stadiums. Sports and other children's' diversions, such as kite flying, were outlawed, as were television viewing and music listening. Men were not to shave or cut their beards, and women were to stay at home or to wear a burqa if they ventured outside as well as have a man walk with her out in public.
Help the women of Afghanistan by donating or sponsoring a woman today. You can make the difference in an Afghan woman's life.
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The organization women for women works to help those poor women of Afghanistan who fear for their lives when they vote and whose own government does not protect them from violence and rape and if you try to go to school you risk being attacked.In recent years, a resurgence in Taliban forces, human trafficking and armed warlords have destroyed the status and safety of Afghan women. But they have hope thanks to organizations such as this one. The programs in Afghanistan include direct financial aid, rights awareness classes, job-skills training and emotional support. The one-year program was developed for Afghanistan's special challenges and demands, and includes job-skills training that helps women earn an income and support themselves such as gem cutting, producing poultry, and vegetable farming.
This article named A rare case of justice: life has improved for the women of Afghanistan since 2001. But there's still a long way to go. Is about a young woman named Sahar Gul who was forced to marry at the age of 13 years old. She was married of to a sociopath family to say the least. After being sent of to this family her in-laws tortured her and kept her in a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying there in hay and animal dung. In July, an Afghan court upheld prison sentences of 10 years each for three of her in-laws, a decision seen as a legal triumph underscoring the advances for women's rights in the past decade.It goes on to tell us how these women were abused and had their rights to go to school and work stripped. However these laws have begun to change in 2009, a new law banned violence against women and set new penalties for rape, underage and forced marriage, and other abuses. Many more girls are in school. It is not uncommon, especially in rural areas, for families to trade daughters into marriage or prostitution to settle debts. The continuing use of the practice, known as bad, is a sign both of Afghans' lack of faith in the government's justice system, which they say is corrupt, and their extreme sense of insecurity.
Are women's rights in Afghanistan a priority or just another political bargaining chip?
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The video the stream is covering the topic of Afghan women and like it says in the title whether they are bargaining chips or if they are a priority to the Afghan population. There are three women guests who speak most about the issues and they are all Afghan and they are journalist Fariba, Mariam Nawabi a law professor and lawyer, and Noorjahaan Akbar the founder of Afghan women organization. They talk about how the mind set of Afghanistan need to change and that the problem that women are facing are not allowed to happen according to the Islamic law but it is the older tribal laws that allow women to be treated in such a way. One instance they showed us was the fifteen year old Sahar Gul who was found early last December after being tortured and beaten by her husband and in-laws. They also go to tell us however that things are changing. They are getting better than they were 50 years ago the Sahar Gul's in-laws are being tried by the Afghan government and they are actually taking a stand for this young girls life and showing the public that women are not just an object to be done whatever you want with but actual human beings. They also talk of how these girls have now been able to go to school and the number of educated girls are now at an all time high and things are beginning to change thanks to things like education of both men and women on the treatment of girls.
مغتنمة فرصة نادرة، تقوم الكاتبة الشقراء البالغة الثالثة والثلاثين من عمرها بتتبع حياة أعضاء مختلفين من عائلة خان لمدة ثلاثة أشهر لترسم مجموعة من الصور النابضة المحيرة.
Daniela Giraldo's insight:
My novel is about the life of a family who lives in Kabul at the time of the Taliban's reign. Specifically, they are a family whose head is a man named Sultan who is a bookseller. He has two wives Sharifa and Sonya, Sonya was the second wife taken because Sharifa was getting older which is a disgrace to her. It also tells the story of the men in the family and their struggles to find wives and their the woman's struggle to find a suitor. for example, when a man came to Bibi Gul Shakila's mother for her hand we find that she agrees instantly which is a disgrace because the man should have to come several times, by doing so it adds value to the wife. However, Shakila is older and is a victim of polio and not very pretty so her mother is eager to agree. It also tells of their lives dealing with the poverty and the inability women have to go out or study and how they are treated as property and not like actual humans. Such as Leila one of Sultans sister who is wanting to study and be a teacher like she was before the Taliban came into power. She is so desperate she goes behind Sultans back which is very risky.
This World Watch magazine article about Afghan women and how they have been mistreated by not only the Taliban but pretty much by every power who tries to take over. It tells us how the Taliban has denied these women the right to teach, to walk outside unhindered and with dignity. Ninety percent of Afghan girls are illiterate and infant mortality rates in the country are the highest in the world--a quarter of all children die before their fifth birthday. However it also tells how all other countries have used these restrictions to women's rights as an advantage in order to come onto control of their country.Such as the Northern Alliance who according to the article has replaced the Taliban. The northern Alliance was the same power who in the 1990's killed many Afghans and have abused human rights by torturing , raping , and forcing marriages. America is just as guilty of this same crime. They have been accused of using these poor women as a reason to remain in Afghanistan yet have killed 3,500 afghans which is about the same that was killed in the twin tower attack.
Young Women for Change is a non-profit organization that is made up pf both afghan women and men who volunteer to make through social and economical participation, political empowerment, awareness and advocacy. Members of Young Women for Change are committed to promoting gender equality, empowering women and increasing Afghan women's social participation. This organization has held the very first anti-street harassment march in Afghan history, and has conducted the first ever large-scale study of sexual harassment in Afghanistan. In April 2012,they held a protest to ask for justice for the women who have faced abuse and violence, and opened the first ever women's net cafe in Kabul and a learning center for men and women to teach literacy and language and computer skills. The Young Women for change use public and social media and pressure on legal systems in Afghanistan. They have been able to advocate for women who have faced murder, violence, harassment, and other types of discrimination and have partnered with major Afghan media outlets, including radios, newspapers and televisions to advocate for equality and justice and continues to do so. They were also able to collect over 3000 books and open a library in Helmand, which is a change for these kids who haven't had books in a while due to Taliban.
As a young girl growing up in 1970s Afghanistan, Nelofer Pazira seems destined for a bright future. The daughter of liberal-minded professionals, she enjoys a safe, loving and privileged life.
Daniela Giraldo's insight:
This book seems very interesting and like mine shows the opression the women of Afghanistan are faced with everyday. This young girl is faced with death as she travels to Canada and just like the wife Shakila in The Book Seller of Kabul becomes a refugee. This women however has the courage to go back and save her friend from the tradgedy the Taliban bestow on this women. This book is very similar to The Book Seller of Kabul that it is a story of a journey through Afghanistan and shows the life of a specific family. This women just like Sultan the main character of The Book Seller of Kabul also rebels against the Taliban and doesthings like contraband books .
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