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9/26/2011 - Women's Rights Groups Praise New Afghan Shelter Regulations
In a victory for Afghan women's rights groups, President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet approved new draft regulations that will allow women's shelters in Afghanistan to remain independent and not come under government control....

3/8/2011 - Increase in Women in Parliament, Glass Ceiling Remains
A survey by Independent on Sunday revealed that women are winning a growing number of seats in parliaments throughout the world, although they still hold far fewer legislative and key cabinet positions than men....

2/17/2011 - Afghan Women's Leaders Fight Proposed Shelter Regulation
Afghan women's leaders announced at a press conference this morning in Kabul that they will fight the proposed regulation and any attempt of the government to take over battered women and girls shelters, currently run by non-profit women's organizations....

2/11/2011 - Severe Restrictions Proposed for Afghan Women's Shelters
The Ministry of Justice of the Afghan government is considering adopting a new regulation that would require women fleeing domestic violence situations to appear before an eight-person government panel before obtaining shelter....

11/29/2010 - Sixty-Nine Afghan Women Elected to Parliament
Last Wednesday, Afghan officials announced the final results for the parliamentary election held on September 18....

9/23/2010 - First Afghan Women Army Officers Graduate
Today, the first class of women officers in decades graduated from a class of new recruits in the Afghanistan National Army (ANA)....

9/20/2010 - Violence Punctuates Afghan Elections
News reports indicate that at least 15 people died during election-related violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, where parliamentary elections were held....

9/17/2010 - Afghan Parliamentary Elections to be Held Saturday
Saturday, Afghanistan will hold their second parliamentary elections since the Taliban lost power....

8/30/2010 - Campaign Workers for Afghan Woman Candidate Murdered
The bodies of five campaign workers who had been working for a woman parliament candidate in Afghanistan's Herat province were found over the weekend....

8/25/2010 - New Gas Attack on Afghan Girls' School
A girls' school in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a gas attack yesterday....

8/23/2010 - Karzai Promises Not to Sacrifice Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that he will not sacrifice women's rights in any peace deal with the Taliban. In an interview, President Karzai discussed plans to negotiate peace with members of the Taliban who are willing to break ties with terrorist groups like al-Qaida, according to the Associated Press....

8/16/2010 - Young Couple Stoned by the Taliban
The Taliban stoned a young couple to death this weekend in northern Afghanistan because the couple allegedly committed adultery....

8/10/2010 - Taliban Flogs and Executes Pregnant Widow
A pregnant widow was publicly flogged 200 times before being executed in the Qades district in the Badghis Province of western Afghanistan on Sunday....

7/20/2010 - World Leaders Meet in Afghanistan
World leaders from over 70 countries met in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday for an International Conference on Afghanistan,with the goal of helping the war-torn country restore itself economically, socially and politically....

6/25/2010 - Julia Gillard is Australia's First Woman Prime Minister
Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister yesterday, after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd abruptly stepped down from his position....

6/14/2010 - Afghan War Crimes Victims Lobby Against the Afghanistan Peace Jirga
A coalition of Afghan war crimes victims is lobbying against the Afghanistan Peace Jirga and the Afghanistan government's effort to begin a reconciliation process with the Taliban and other insurgents....

5/14/2010 - Clinton Pledges to Not Abandon Afghan Women
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that the United States will not abandon Afghan women and girls today as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting the United States. According to the Associated Press, Clinton told three senior women Afghan officials who were traveling with Karzai that "We will not abandon you, we will stand with you always." Clinton also said it is "essential that women's rights and women's opportunities are not sacrificed or trampled on in the reconciliation process." Her statements indicate that the US will not support reconciliation with Taliban militants unless they "respect women's rights," renounce the Taliban, and abide by the country's laws, reported the Canadian Press. In February 2010, Dr....

5/12/2010 - Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in New Gas Attack
Two suspected gas attacks on Afghan schoolgirls sickened dozens of girls from the northern Kunduz Province and at least six from Kabul yesterday....

5/6/2010 - Feminist Global Heroes Honored
On May 4, at a dinner event in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation gave its sixth annual Eleanor Roosevelt awards to three women and one man who have distinguished themselves in service of global women's rights. The awardees were novelist/activist Khaled Hosseini, feminist and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, formerly imprisoned Iranian graduate student activist Esha Momeni and Ms....

4/15/2010 - Global Maternal Mortality Drops, Afghanistan Has Highest Rate
The average rate at which mothers die during childbirth has dropped globally by approximately 40 percent since 1980, according to a study recently released by The Lancet, a European medical journal....

4/15/2010 - Afghan Woman Murdered as She Leaves Work
An 18-year-old Afghan woman was murdered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as she left work Tuesday....

2/24/2010 - US Navy to Allow Women On Submarines
The United States Navy plans to allow women on submarines for the first time, military officials announced yesterday....

1/29/2010 - Clinton Speaks on Women and Girls at Afghan Conference
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke briefly yesterday about the need for Afghan women and girls to be involved in the transition of security to the Afghan military....

1/25/2010 - Boxer Pushes for Focus on Women at Upcoming Afghanistan Conference
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday urging a stronger focus on Afghan women and girls at an international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London this week. In her letter, Boxer indicated deep concern that women are "not being viewed as an essential element" in the US's Afghanistan stabilization strategy....

1/19/2010 - Two Women Karzai Nominees Rejected
The Afghan parliament rejected more than half of President Karzai's cabinet nominees, including two women, late last week....