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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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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....

5/21/2012 - Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....

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....

8/10/2010 - 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....

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....

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....

8/21/2009 - Women Face Obstacles to Vote in Afghan Election
Afghan women faced a number of obstacles to voting yesterday in Afghanistan's presidential election....

8/18/2009 - Women's Vote Threatened in Afghanistan
The participation of many Afghan women in Thursday's elections is threatened by strict polling regulations and fraud....

7/9/2009 - UN Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Fight Violence Against Women
Kai Eide, the United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan, urged Afghan leaders to fight violence against women at a meeting in Kabul where he announced a new UN report on the subject....

5/5/2009 - Potential Voting Fraud Concern for Afghan Women
As Afghanistan approaches their August presidential election, the potential for voter fraud that infringes on women's rights is gaining visibility....

3/27/2009 - FMF and Sima Samar Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Doctor Sima Samar and Eleanor Smeal discussed the human rights conditions in Afghanistan and announced a new campaign for Afghan Women and Girls in a press conference today (C-SPAN covered the press conference live and will replay it)....

9/7/2007 - Feminists Well-Represented Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women
In its annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Magazine included several feminists and friends of the women's movement, demonstrating the power women can hold when they believe in equality....

3/29/2007 - Ms. Hosts Successful Forum on Afghanistan
The state of Afghan women and girls and the need for better US policies in Afghanistan were the focus of a community forum hosted by Ms....

3/27/2007 - Afghan Human Rights Leader Visits US
Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur, will speak at a special forum tomorrow with other women's rights and human rights leaders to address the US's failed policies in Afghanistan....

12/13/2006 - Afghanistan Launches Plan for Action Amid Violence
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday launched a three-year action plan to stabilize and bring justice to the country, which has been in conflict since 1979....

6/1/2005 - Sima Samar Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Brown University
Sima Samar, former Ms Magazine Woman of the Year and long-time champion of women's rights in Afghanistan, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Brown University's 237th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday....

6/28/2004 - Afghan Women Killed For Registering Women to Vote
Two Afghan women were killed and 13 more were wounded by a bomb that exploded on a bus filled with female election workers....

6/8/2004 - Leading Afghan Woman Receives Prestigious Health and Human Rights Award
During the Global Health Council's (GHC) annual conference, a leading Afghan womens rights and human rights advocate received the 2004 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights....

5/24/2004 - Afghan Woman Leader Receives Prestigious US Award
A prominent Afghan woman leader is one of the recipients of this year's Profile in Courage Awards from the Kennedy Library Foundation, which will be presented at a ceremony in Boston, MA tonight....

12/10/2003 - Ms. Honors Women's Achievements Globally
Among the ten outstanding women selected as Ms Women of the Year are several who are working for women's rights and health globally....

12/9/2003 - Ms. Magazine Honors Women of the Year
Ms magazine honored ten outstanding women as 2003 Women of the Year at an awards breakfast on Monday....

11/14/2003 - Afghan Human Rights Official Calls for More Peace Troops
Speaking before a conference of human rights defenders at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Dr Sima Samar, Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, called for an expansion in the size, range, and mandate of international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan in order to secure women's rights and human rights....

6/10/2003 - Sima Samar Wins Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Dr Sima Samar, the chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), will be presented with the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award on June 11 in Washington, DC....