“Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a “very closed, very dark time.” To carry a camera would have been unthinkable.”
“An Afghan woman shouts as she and dozens of others marched to protest violence against women in Kabul on September 24, 2012. The death of a provincial head of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the public execution of a woman accused of adultery underscored the level of violence that Afghan women suffer. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/GettyImages)”
People protest in the city of Kabul, over the execution style murder of a woman accused of adultery. Their placards read: ‘Other women can’t be silenced’. Other protesters carried signs saying ”International community: Where is the protection and justice for Afghan women?”
Today Afghan women’s affairs official was killed in a car bomb.
Women have gained basic rights such as education voting and employment in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban but their rights are in a very precarious position right now. There’s a danger that the Afghan government could trade them away in return for peace with the Taliban. The women in the picture are speaking up about these issues, and we ought to give them a hand. Please reblog, and if you have a spare few minutes you could even contact you EU representative or local politician to ask that they continue to push for women’s rights in Afghanistan.
You can read more on this issue at Amnesty International.
Hanifa Safi is the second Afghan provincial head of women’s affairs to be killed since the posts were created 10 years ago.
Hanifa Safi, Director of the Ministry of Women Affairs in Laghman province, eastern Afghanistan was targeted in Mehtarlam city when a magnetic bomb was placed on the vehicle in which she, her daughter and husband were travelling.
Safi and her husband were killed and 11 people injured including her son, daughter and driver.
The killing of Safi comes shortly after video footage surfaced of a young Afghan woman, named in media reports as 22-year old Najiba, being shot dead on “charges” of adultery, reportedly by a Taleban insurgent.
Afghan youths learn how to paint at the Behzad Art Gallery in Herat. The Taliban, ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001, banned girls from going to school and forbade people from painting and learn the arts.
Under pressure to have sons, some families dress their girls as boys.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Six-year-old Mehran Rafaat is like many girls her age. She likes to be the center of attention. She is often frustrated when things do not go her way. Like her three older sisters, she is eager to discover the world outside the family’s apartment in their middle-class neighborhood of Kabul.
But when their mother, Azita Rafaat, a member of Parliament, dresses the children for school in the morning, there is one important difference. Mehran’s sisters put on black dresses and head scarves, tied tightly over their ponytails. For Mehran, it’s green pants, a white shirt and a necktie, then a pat from her mother over her spiky, short black hair. After that, her daughter is out the door — as an Afghan boy.