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2/20/2014 - Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Women's Rights
The second televised presidential debate in Afghanistan took place Tuesday night....

2/19/2014 - Afghan President Will Not Sign Criminal Procedure Code into Law
In a major victory for Afghan women, President Hamid Karzai yesterday refused to sign Afghanistan's controversial draft Criminal Procedure Code into law....

2/14/2014 - Afghan Women Rise for Justice at Kabul Protest
Around 100 Afghan women marched in Kabul yesterday to speak out against violence against women as part of One Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Calling for "no more violence" and "justice, justice," Afghan women also demanded continued gains for women's equality in the country....

2/6/2014 - Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding....

2/4/2014 - Presidential Candidates Begin Campaigns for Afghanistan's April Election
Candidates for Afghanistan's upcoming April election kicked off their presidential campaigns on Sunday. According to TOLO News, many of the 11 candidates have focused on similar, broad issues so far, including security, human rights, women's participation in government, corruption, and economic development....

1/17/2014 - First Afghan Woman Police Chief Appointed in Kabul
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief in Afghanistan....

12/9/2013 - Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law. "A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year. The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators....

11/27/2013 - Karzai Signals Delay On Bilateral Security Agreement
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014....

11/22/2013 - US and Afghanistan Agree on Language for Bilateral Security Agreement
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S....

11/18/2013 - US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....

10/29/2013 - Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award
Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi will be honored with a 2013 Courage in Journalism award at a second awards ceremony hosted today by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) in Los Angeles....

10/10/2013 - Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....

10/2/2013 - Afghan Human Rights Leader Sima Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List
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9/27/2013 - Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....

9/24/2013 - Pakistan Frees Taliban Military Commander
Pakistan freed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former Taliban military commander and second in command to Taliban leader Mullah Omar....

9/19/2013 - Arrests Made in Killing of Top Afghan Policewoman
Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a senior female police officer in Afghanistan....

9/18/2013 - UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....

9/17/2013 - New USAID Projects Aim to Empower Afghan Women
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently announced several programs aimed at empowering women and girls in Afghanistan....

9/16/2013 - Top Female Afghan Police Officer Murdered
Afghan Lieutenant Negar, the most senior female police officer in Afghanistan, died early Monday morning, one day after being shot by unidentified gunmen....

9/16/2013 - Pakistan to Release Head of Taliban Military Operations
Pakistan announced last week that it would free captured Taliban commander Mullah Adbul Ghani Baradar later this month....

9/12/2013 - Women Commit Majority of Suicides in Afghanistan
95 percent of all suicides in Afghanistan are committed by women and girls. According to officials at the Ministry of Public Health yesterday at World Suicide Prevention Day in Kabul, more than 2,500 Afghan women have already committed suicide in 2013....

9/11/2013 - Afghanistan Leaders Discuss Need for More Women Judges
At a four-day conference at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul last week, over 180 female judges affiliated with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) and other leaders discussed strategies for improving the number of Afghanistan's female judges and ensuring justice to those who come to the courts....

9/9/2013 - Taliban Murder Female Indian Writer
Last Wednesday, a prominent female Indian writer was murdered by the Taliban outside of her home in the Paktika province after criticizing the terrorist group. Sushmita Banerjee, 49, wrote a popular memoir in 1995 about her life as the wife of an Afghan man in Kabul while the Taliban ruled....

9/6/2013 - Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women's Political Participation
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections....

8/16/2013 - Afghan's Youth Celebrated in Bamyan
Afghanistan celebrated International Youth Day on Thursday with a large, free outdoor concert in Bamyan....