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10/20/2009 - Suicide Attack Targets Women's Cafeteria at Pakistan University
Two suicide bombers attacked the International Islamic University in Pakistan today, targeting a women's cafeteria and the Islamic law department....

9/22/2009 - Co-Ed School Bombed in Pakistan
Taliban insurgents are suspected of bombing a coeducational primary school last Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan....

9/11/2009 - US Contractors in Afghanistan Accused of Sex Trafficking
Contractors hired to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been accused of sex trafficking....

9/9/2009 - Student Sentenced to Death for Downloading Women's Rights Article Freed
Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, who was originally sentenced to death in Afghanistan for distributing information regarding the role of women in Islam in October 2007 is now free....

8/31/2009 - Women Were Unable to Vote in Some Parts of Afghanistan
Reports indicate that many women were unable to vote in some parts of Afghanistan and that women's voting cards were used to stuff ballot boxes in the country's presidential election earlier this month....

8/24/2009 - Women's Fingers Cut Off in Afghan Election Violence
The Taliban allegedly cut off the fingers of at least two Afghan women that voted in last week's presidential election....

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....

8/14/2009 - Revised Shia Law Published Days Before Afghanistan Elections
The controversial Shia family law, with some revisions, that restricts the rights of Shia women in Afghanistan was published in the country's official Gazette on July 27th, making the law's provisions official....

7/15/2009 - Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Maternal Health in Afghanistan
Congresswomen and global health administrators held a briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday to highlight the issue of maternal health in Afghanistan....

7/10/2009 - Afghanistan Amends Shia Law
Afghanistan's Justice Ministry yesterday released a revision of the controversial Shia law that legalized rape within marriage, among other provisions....

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....

6/23/2009 - Girls' School Bombed in Pakistan
A bomb destroyed a girls' primary school early Sunday in Pakistan....

5/28/2009 - Britain Reviewing Ban on Women in Face-to-Face Combat
The British Ministry of Defense announced this week that they will review a policy barring women from serving in military positions that could require them to kill an enemy in close combat....

5/12/2009 - Afghan Schoolgirls Ill, Potentially Poisoned
Three Afghan schools have now been affected by alleged gas poisoning targeting schoolgirls....

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....

4/17/2009 - Afghan Government will Revise Controversial Law, Says Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced yesterday that his government will revise a controversial law that would severely restrict women's rights by legalizing rape within marriage, among other provisions....

4/15/2009 - Afghan Women Protesting Law Pelted
Hundreds of Afghan women protesting a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights were outnumbered by hundreds of the law's supporters today in Kabul....

4/15/2009 - Taliban Executes Young Couple in Afghanistan
A young Afghan couple who tried to elope were publicly executed by a firing squad Monday by the Taliban in Nimroz, a southwestern province....

4/14/2009 - Controversial Afghan Law will not be Implemented, Ambassador Says
Afghan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad said this past weekend that a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month will not go into effect. The Ambassador told Bloomberg that "it will not become the law because it contradicts some important principles of the Afghan constitution." Karzai, according to news sources, signed the bill to court the Hazara vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to Jawad, Karzai signed the law without being aware of all of its provisions and has sent the likely unconstitutional law to be reviewed by the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the Afghan Supreme Court....

4/13/2009 - Afghan Woman Politician and Women's Rights Activist Killed in Kandahar
Sitara Achakzai, a Kandahar provincial council member and women's rights activist, was murdered by gunmen outside her home yesterday....

4/8/2009 - Afghanistan will Review New Shia Law that Restricts Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced this weekend that the Afghan government, specifically the minister of justice, will review a new Shia family law he signed sometime last month that would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....

4/1/2009 - Afghan Women's Rights may be Severely Restricted by New Law
A new Shia family law signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month, but not yet published, would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....

3/30/2009 - Clinton Speaks on Women's Rights and Foreign Policy
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke on the integral role women's rights have in foreign policy and security Friday at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) national conference. In her remarks, Clinton said "A society that denies and demeans women's rights and roles is a society that is more likely to engage in behavior that is negative, anti-democratic and leads to violence and extremism....As we integrate our military and civilian assets with a mission for disrupting and defeating al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we cannot lose sight that assisting women's development in those countries is part of America's strategy to be successful," according to the Houston Chronicle. At the conference, Clinton received Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award, stated the PPFA....

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)....