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1/27/2003 - Women Forced to Quit Jobs and Marry Early in Kashmir and Jammu India
Muslim women in Jammu and Kashmir, India are required to quit government jobs by January 25, or face death for disobeying the orders issued by a pro-Pakistani militant group, reports the Press Trust of India....

12/20/2002 - Islamic Rebels Kill Three Women in Kashmir
Three women were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir by Islamic militants for not wearing burqas, United Press International reports....

12/17/2002 - HRW Report: Afghan Women Still Facing Oppression
A leading human rights group released a report today showing continued repression of women and girls in western Afghanistan....

11/14/2002 - One Year After Taliban, Afghanistan Still Struggling
Despite some improvements in the quality of life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban fell, especially for women, there are still many challenges facing the war-torn country....

10/15/2002 - Gunmen Close Girls School in Afghanistan
In the seventh incident in a series of attacks on girls schools in Afghanistan, gunmen recently forced a school in the Wardak province that served 1,300 girls to close....

10/14/2002 - Afghan Government Presents its Vision to Global Donors
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani held a meeting this weekend, presenting international donors with the nations future budget and development plans....

6/14/2002 - Afghan Leader to Focus on Peace and Security
Afghanistans newly elected leader, Hamid Karzai, pledged to bring peace and security to the war-torn nation today in an acceptance speech before the loya jirga....

5/22/2002 - Eleanor Smeal Urges President to Fulfill Promise to Afghan Women
Womens Rights Leader Calls for Increased Security, Funding for Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal called on the Bush administration today to expand security forces and increase funding for reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan....

3/22/2002 - Afghan Women Celebrate New Years By Removing Burqas
The Feminist Majority Foundation independently confirmed initial reports that Afghan women in Kabul greeted the (lunar calendar) New Years holiday by removing their burqas and participating in public celebration....

3/20/2002 - Bush Administration Limits Peacekeeping in Afghanistan
Despite pleas from Afghanistans interim government and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as well as thousands of email messages from womens groups, the Bush Administration appears to have made a decision not to allow an increase in the size of the 4500-member international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, nor an expansion of that force beyond the capitol city, Kabul....

1/22/2002 - Afghanistan Moving Towards Womens Rights
At the encouragement of Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, Afghan women have returned to work in the ministries of the Afghan interim government without wearing their burqas....

1/17/2002 - Karzai Affirms Afghan Womens Rights
Afghan interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai stated his support for Afghan womens rights last week by signing the Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women....

11/27/2001 - Afghan Refugees Still in Dire Need of Humanitarian Aid
In refugee camps in western Afghanistan, disease has spread like wildfire, killing hundreds of children over the past few weeks....

11/26/2001 - Taliban Tortured Afghan Women in Kabul Prison
In 1999, when interviewing Afghan women refugees who had recently fled to Pakistan, the Feminist Majority Foundations research staff first heard reports of torture in Taliban-run womens prisons....

11/21/2001 - Afghan Women Demand Rights In Kabul and Herat
Hundreds of women and girls took to the streets in Kabul to demand the right to work, the right to education, and the right to political representation....

11/19/2001 - Afghan Girl Re-Introduces Kabul TV
With Kabul freed from Taliban rule, the local television station began broadcasting again, and 16-year old Mariam Shakebar was the first to welcome viewers back to Kabul TV....

11/15/2001 - Afghan Women: Solution for Afghanistan's Future
By Eleanor Smeal Feminists have succeeded in drawing the world's attention to the fact that women have been the first victims of the Taliban....

11/13/2001 - Taliban Rule Ends in Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, and Kabul
Northern Alliance forces continuing its offensive on Taliban controlled outlets in the north, pushed the Taliban to retreat from Kabul yesterday....

11/6/2001 - Senator Reid Speaks Out for Afghan Women
Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke candidly on the Senate floor yesterday about the suffering of Afghan women under the Taliban and urged the U.S....

11/2/2001 - Senate to Consider Bill for Afghan Women
The U.S....

10/25/2001 - Women Senators Step Up Fight for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully won passage of an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill calling for the inclusion of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, giving women a voice in the establishment of a new Afghan government....

10/24/2001 - Afghans Meet in Pakistan to Discuss Post-Taliban Future
The Assembly for Peace and National Unity in Afghanistan met today in Peshawar, Pakistan to discuss future leadership of a new Afghan government once U.S.-led strikes end....

10/15/2001 - Afghans View U.S. Intervention with Optimism
An eyewitness to the bombings in Kabul reported that Afghans greeted the U.S.-led military strikes in Afghanistan with silent enthusiasm....

10/12/2001 - Feminist Majority Raising Awareness of Afghan Womens Rights
As the nations attention turns to what will happen in a possible post-Taliban Afghanistan, the Feminist Majority has been conducting a media blitz to call attention to the role Afghan women must play in reconstructing Afghan government and civil society....

10/11/2001 - Fate of Post-Taliban Afghanistan Uncertain
After negotiations with U.S....