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Challenging stereotypes of Afghan women as the West withdraws

Challenging stereotypes of Afghan women as the West withdraws | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
As the withdrawal of foreign troops nears, with a full withdrawal expected by the end of 2014, Afghanistan has re-emerged as a major issue in Australian politics.Those worried about Australian casualties…...

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As the withdrawal of foreign troops nears, with a full withdrawal expected by the end of 2014, Afghanistan has re-emerged as a major issue in Australian politics.

 

Those worried about Australian casualties will breathe a sigh of relief at the return of soldiers. Afghanistan, however, is facing an uncertain future post-withdrawal. President Karzai’s term is due to end in 2014 and a peace settlement with the Taliban looms.

 

This week, Australia will be hosting a delegation of ten Members of Parliament and Civil Society Leaders from Afghanistan, who are here to raise an issue that has so far lacked serious discussion in relation to post-withdrawal Afghanistan: women’s rights.

 

As much as President Karzai’s term has been shaky and subject to criticism, there have been some tentative gains made in women’s rights. Compared to the time of the Taliban regime, women in Afghanistan can now study, hold office and choose to go without the burqa. Preserving and building on these gains will be key to Afghanistan’s success in the short- and long-term, and it is vital that women’s rights are at the forefront of discussions about national security and development.

 

The status of women has had a consistent presence in discussions of Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion, which was partially justified by citing the Taliban’s abuse of girls and women. More recently, cases of murder and serious abuse of women have made international headlines and constituted some of the most spectacular reporting on Afghanistan.

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Rachel Busbridge

Research Fellow, Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University

 

Melissa Phillips

Doctoral Candidate at University of Melbourne

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

 

Rachel Busbridge has been a member of the Afghan Australian Development Organisation Planning Committee for its Roundtable event on 12-13 February at the University of Melbourne

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Melissa Phillips has received funding from the ARC.She has been a member of the Afghan Australian Development Organisation Planning Committee for its round table event in Melbourne on 12-13 Feb at the University of Melbourne.

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Terrorists Prepare Children as Suicide-Bombers in Syria - Al-Manar TV

Terrorists Prepare Children as Suicide-Bombers in Syria - Al-Manar TV | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
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According to the eyewitnesses, there are lesser and lesser girls and unmarried women in the region day by day.
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BAAG prepare to welcome Afghan gender specialists for critical conference | BAAG

BAAG prepare to welcome Afghan gender specialists for critical conference | BAAG | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Inspiring meeting with #Afghan women today, ahead of @AfghanAgencies #gettingitright gender conference: http://t.co/v9ZPZlgdgY
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Sharia Law just means less human rights especially for women - Mirror.co.uk

Sharia Law just means less human rights especially for women - Mirror.co.uk | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
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If I were found cheating on my husband, I'd expect screaming matches, icy silences and the threat of being booted out the house.
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Afghan echo: #NATO leaves all atrocities behind in Kyrgyzstan - violence towards the local wome

Afghan echo:  #NATO leaves all atrocities behind in Kyrgyzstan - violence towards the local wome | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

Americans came to Kyrgyzstan to fight terrorism, but the standoff against this global evil lead to horrible results. Local residents will remember the NATO aviation base located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan for a long time due to the irreparable environmental damage, violence towards the local women, the killing of a Kyrgyz citizen and all that went unpunished. Below is the chronology of the American crimes described by Bakyt Aman, VR’s Kyrgyzstani correspondent.

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Iran says woman sentenced to stoning given "leave" from prison - The Daily Star

Iran says woman sentenced to stoning given "leave" from prison - The Daily Star | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
The Daily Star Iran says woman sentenced to stoning given "leave" from prison The Daily Star DUBAI: An Iranian woman sentenced to die by stoning for adultery and later given a 10-year jail term instead has been allowed to leave prison, the...
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Afghan Women: 2014 and Beyond

Afghan Women: 2014 and Beyond | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
How do Afghan women see their future? Five dedicated women's rights leaders share their concerns and their vision.
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Afghan women need more female judges and prosecutors to get justice -

Afghan women need more female judges and prosecutors to get justice - | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Afghan women need more female judges and prosecutors to get justice - report Thomson Reuters Foundation (blog) “The government elected in April must prioritize and secure women's participation in the justice sector by taking simple, low-cost steps...
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Olympics terror dragnet: Russia hunts as many as four 'black widows ...

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MOSCOW — Russian security services may be looking for as many as four “black widows” dispatched to carry out terrorist attacks related to the Winter Olympics, including at least one woman believed to be in or near the ...
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Women's Queues/lines challenge the Terrorism of the Muslim ...

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Cairo 14th January 2014. Press Release. Women's lines challenge the Terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood And they welcomed the First day of the Referendum with Singing. During the first day of the referendum, the polling ...
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Women in Maritime Security

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Women in Maritime Security An exclusive interview with Ruth Tiik A female’s perspective of being a Maritime Security Operative in the HRA. I first met Ruth several months ago on...

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A slightly different perspective from what is usually carried in this topic

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Chinese Women Still Face Blatant Workplace Bias

Chinese Women Still Face Blatant Workplace Bias | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Rich women hold top jobs but the picture is different lower down the social ladder.

 

Workplace discrimination against Chinese women is still rife, in spite of a slew of positive women-in-work news stories published in the country's tightly controlled official media for International Women's Day, experts said on Friday.

 

"Discrimination against women in China is extremely common," said Li Qiang, who heads the U.S.-based rights group China Labor Watch. "There is a lack of law enforcement measures taken to protect equality in women's employment."

He said that while Chinese women enjoy labor law protection on paper, such rules are frequently flouted by companies seeking to minimize the cost of maternity leave and other family-linked benefits.

 

Mao Zedong's phrase, "Women hold up half the sky" made its obligatory appearance in at least two stories from Xinhua news agency, the official news outlet of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, on Friday.

 

The China News Service website reported on initiatives by a number of Chinese cities to redress workplace discrimination by holding women-only recruitment fairs, while a number of state-run papers gave top billing to a survey showing that the proportion of women in senior management posts in China rose to 51 percent from 25 percent in 2012.

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Nanchang, Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming and Changchun are among the cities hosting all-female recruitment fairs, in a bid to boost employment rates among women.

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Top Architects Inspire Afghan Women’s Rug-Making Venture

Top Architects Inspire Afghan Women’s Rug-Making Venture | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
American not-for-profit Arzu Studio Hope has launched a ‘Masters Collection’ of 10 woolen rugs designed by legendary architects. Afghan women are weaving the designs of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Michael Graves rugs, giving the women meaningf ...

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On top of providing jobs and making rugs, Chicago-based Arzu – which means ‘hope’ in Dari – bases its business on a model of social entrepreneurship. The organisation strives to improve access to clean water, health care, education, shelter and other basic necessities for those in Afghanistan

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Indonesia's women radicals keep extremist networks going-analyst

Indonesia's women radicals keep extremist networks going-analyst | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Authorities so caught up looking for extremists who carry out attacks that they forget about their wives - analyst

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Some Muslim women in Indonesia are shedding their traditional background role by promoting pro-radical views online and even offering shelter to families of jailed extremists, Singapore-based paper theStraits Times reports.

One woman writing under the pseudonym Ummu Fauzi interviewed the wives of men convicted of terrorist acts and posted them on extremist websites “to highlight the ‘bravery’ of these wives,” said the report.

Noor Huda Ismail, a terrorism analyst and founder of the Institute for International Peace Building (YPP), said authorities often forget about the wives because they are too caught up looking for leaders of extremist networks.

“(The women) are the dot-connectors who play a crucial role to keep the networks going,” he was quoted as saying.

Ismail also told TrustLaw in an interview in 2011 that corruption in Indonesian jails stokes extremism and could lead to the emergence of new radicalist cells.

Since the 2002 bombings in the popular tourist island of Bali, Indonesia has arrested more than 800 people on extremism charges, and there have been no major attacks for almost four years.

Concerns remain, however, that terror cells may be regrouping.

According to the Straits Times, Ummu Fauzi has interviewed Madam Nusaibah, the wife of Abdullah Sonata, who was jailed for 10 years for planning mass attacks; and Madam Osama, the wife of Sheikh Omar Bakri, leader of a banned radical group in Britain with ties to al-Qaeda.

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Radicalisation of Indonesian women is a very dangerous trend indeed.

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Eyewitness and escapee female victims account of Boko Haram Terrorists in ... - Osun Defender

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The Young woman said the Boko Haram fighters used to hide by the hills when the soldiers come making it difficult for the army to see them.
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Empowering Afghan Women by Sports, Esteqlal Female Football Team Training Part 4

Empowering Afghan Women by Sports, Esteqlal Female Football Team Training Part 4 | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Sports is not only a tool to train your body and do physical movements, but also a great way to start communicating with other people and working together as a group.
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Jimmy Carter Speaks Out On Religion And Equality For Women; Slams Sexist ... - Huffington Post

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Saudi Arabia's human rights 'rebrand' is fooling no one

Saudi Arabia's human rights 'rebrand' is fooling no one | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Nesrine Malik: For all the progress on some minor points, touchstone issues such as the ban on women driving are barely addressed

 

The latest reports of Saudi concessions on human rights might as well be called Operation Rebrand Saudi Arabia. Of 225 demands issued by the UN human rights council in 2013, the Saudi delegation conceded to 180. Over the past couple of days, Saudi representatives have been on BBC's Newsnight, CNN's Amanpour and other outlets billing this as a landmark step in the right direction, sanctioned by no less a person than the king himself.

 

However, look into the fine print and problems arise. There is a great deal of language that sounds like kicking the human rights can further down the road. Lots of "in principles" and "under reviews" and "holistic approaches".

 

First, however, the good news. Saudi Arabia has, "in principle", accepted one of the most comprehensive overhauls of its human rights system in history, conceding that aspects of law enforcement and regulation of political assembly and freedom of speech should be brought in line with international standards. This is an admission that there are serious problems, a rare acknowledgement from a country so characteristically precious about its internal affairs.

 

But what about women's rights? The right to drive and the male guardianship system? These are the totems of the country's backwardness in the international community. There is some strong, encouraging language about guardianship, where Saudi proposes "phasing out" the guardianship system altogether.

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Eight Christians arrested at picnic in Iran interrogated; UN report on human ... - ChristianToday

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For Afghan interpreter, school was a prize - at a price - Deutsche Welle

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Young Afghan women working for the international force had always been seen as traitors by the Taliban - and were being targeted.
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4 questions to ponder ahead of Afghanistan's presidential election [No mention of the Future of Afghan Women?]

4 questions to ponder ahead of Afghanistan's presidential election [No mention of the Future of Afghan Women?] | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
The only certainty is that Karzai's time is up.

1. Are NATO and the US about to lose a 'partner' when Karzai is replaced?2. Is Karzai going to be a power behind the throne?3. Will the election be fair?4. What about the Taliban?

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We are suprised that the author Dan Murphy has not thought it fit to mention a 5th point: That is the Future of Afghanistan's Women

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Kurdish protesters claim anti-terror police confiscated their cash | UK ...

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Group was stopped in Dover on their way to demonstration in Paris on first anniversary of deaths of three Kurdish women activists.
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FEMEN is coming: the bare-breasted feminist group who want London women to go topless in the name of political protest

FEMEN is coming: the bare-breasted feminist group who want London women to go topless in the name of political protest | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
London has been warned: the FEMEN army of “sextremists”, as they call themselves, is on its way.

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Brave women indeed .....


"Inna Shevchenko from the Paris branch of FEMEN talks about the group's origins in Ukraine and how women are still oppressed and sexually exploited even in democracies like the UK and France"

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These women have their own way of protesting I$lamism.

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Unique indeed!
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Libya Women Face Islamist Rise Since Gadhafi Fall

Libya Women Face Islamist Rise Since Gadhafi Fall | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

In the picture above;

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 file photo, a Libyan woman wearing a depiction of the national flag bearing the words, "hold your head high, you are Libyan," attends commemorations to mark the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi, Libya. Women played a major role in the 8-month civil war against dictator Moammar Gadhafi, massing for protests against his regime, selling jewelry to fund rebels, helping treat the wounded, smuggling weapons across enemy lines to rebels. But since Gadhafi’s fall more than 18 months ago, women have been rewarded by seeing rights they enjoyed under his rule hemmed in and restricted. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

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On her way back from her job as a lecturer at a university near Tripoli, Libyan poet Aicha Almagrabi was stopped by a group of bearded militiamen. They kicked her car, beat up her driver and threatened to do the same to her. Her offense: being alone in a car with men without a male relative as a guardian.

 

"You have violated the law of God," the militiamen told her, Almagrabi said.

 

"I said, I teach male students, so should I bring a male guardian with me to classroom?" she told The Associated Press.

 

Not that the university is immune to increasingly bold conservatives' views on the role of women. Almagrabi said one student recently told her she shouldn't be giving lectures because a woman's voice is "awra" — too intimate and shameful to be exposed in public

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"Women fear worse may yet to come. The country is soon to begin work drafting a new constitution, which activists fear will enshrine the relegation of women to second-class status, given the influence of hard-line Islamists."


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United Nations Report Claims Ban on Abortion Same as Torture

United Nations Report Claims Ban on Abortion Same as Torture | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report in which the Committee against Torture (CAT) equates restrictions and absolute bans on abortion as "torture and ill-treatment" of woman.

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US Honours Nirbhaya with 'Woman of Courage' Award

US Honours Nirbhaya with 'Woman of Courage' Award | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Nirbhaya, the Delhi gang-rape victim, has been honoured with a US "woman of courage" award posthumously for "inspiring people to work together to end violence against women in India and around the world."...

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US first lady Michelle Obama joined secretary of state John Kerry as he praised the determination and courage of "a woman known simply as Nirbhaya - braveheart, fearless" at the State Department presentation ceremony Friday on International Women's Day.

 

"Her bravery inspired millions of women and men to come together with a simple message: No more. No more looking the other way when gender-based violence happens. No more stigma against victims or survivors," said Kerry.

 

"Nirbhaya's fight survives her," he said announcing the award "for inspiring people to work together to end violence against women in India and around the world by displaying immense courage in demanding justice."

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Obviously the Indian system is Fast Asleep.

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