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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....

8/13/2013 - Afghan Activist and Former MP Seeks Asylum
Noor Zia Atmar, one of the first female members of parliament in Afghanistan and an outspoken leader for women's rights in the country, has requested asylum after fleeing from her abusive husband....

8/12/2013 - Afghan Women's Radio Back On the Air After Shut Down
After being shut down in mid July, a local radio station devoted to women is back on the air in the Afghan province of Sar-e Pol. The radio network, "Voice of Women," owner alleged that it was shut down after they refused to pay the police $400 a month in bribes....

8/8/2013 - Afghan Senator Shot In Taliban Assassination Attempt
Afghan Senator Rouh Gul Khairzad and her family were ambushed by Taliban on Wednesday in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan....

7/30/2013 - Women's Rights At Stake in Afghan Peace Talks
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has voiced concerns that the rights of women in Afghanistan may be compromised in the interest of peace negotiations....

7/19/2013 - USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women
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6/20/2013 - Taliban Agrees to US, Afghan Peace Talks; Afghanistan Backs Out
A day after the Taliban announced that it will agree to peace talks with the United States and Afghanistan, the Afghan government has announced it will not participate until Afghanistan plays a larger lead role. Senior US officials confirmed that two key conditions of the negotiations would be that the Taliban breaks ties with al-Qaeda and that they recognize the Afghan Constitution including the protections for women and minorities. The announcement came as a surprise the day after senior US officials announced that the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US would begin peace negotiations this week at a Taliban office in Qatar....

6/18/2013 - Taliban Attack In Afghan Capital As NATO Transfers Power
Yesterday, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) transferred responsibility for the country's security forces to the Afghan government after a bomb blast targeting a political official left three civilians dead in Kabul....

6/11/2013 - Afghan Police Accused of Violence Against Women
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission accused the police of violence against women in a recently released report, attributing close to 15 percent of honor killings and sexual assaults in the region to the police force....

5/22/2013 - Afghan Women Arrested for 'Moral Crimes' Increases 50%
A new report by the Human Rights Watch shows that in the past 18 months the number of women in Afghanistan incarcerated for 'moral crimes' has increased from 400 to 600, a 50% growth. Many of the women imprisoned for moral crimes were arrested running away from forced or abusive marriages and families, even though there is no law against leaving....

5/20/2013 - Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament
On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament....

4/25/2013 - HRW Report Finds Afghan Women Police Officers Face Harassment, Violence
Female police officers in Afghanistan are fighting harassment in co-ed changing facilities and restrooms at the hands of male colleagues, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the story, released today, HRW found that women in the Afghan police force face sexual harassment, assault, and even rape from male colleagues....

3/27/2013 - Female Teacher Murdered in Pakistan
Earlier today, female teacher Shahnaz Nazli was shot by two men of unknown affiliation on her way to work at a girls school in the village of Shahkas....