‘Cutting the nose, lips and ears’: Brutality against Afghan women at record level

AFP Photo / Shah Marai Violent crimes against women in Afghanistan reached an unprecedented level of brutality in 2013, an Afghan human rights watchdog has announced as the US-led coalition prepares to withdraw. Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Sima Samar, told Reuters that the pace and the hideousness of attacks More...

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By Editorial Team On Thursday, June 20th, 2013
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Study: Jordan ‘honour killing’ support strong

In all, 33.4 percent of respondents ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ with situations depicting ‘honour killings’ [EPA]The belief that so-called “honour killings” are More...

By Editorial Team On Sunday, May 19th, 2013
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Afghan Lawmakers Halt Debate On Women’s Rights Law

Schoolgirls talk with 17-year-old Shamsia, who was the victim of an acid attack in Afghanistan in 2008, as she rests on a hospital bed in Kabul. Lawmakers in the Afghan parliament have halted a debate on a law aimed More...

By Editorial Team On Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
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Former Actress Takes On Pakistan’s Leading Islamist Cleric

Former Pakistani film star turned politician Musarat Shaheen (right) in Islamabad in 2000 She was once the darling of millions of filmgoers. Today, she begs for votes in a dusty city in northwestern Pakistan. Mussarat More...

By Editorial Team On Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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Pakistani Women Hit The Campaign Trail

There are fears that Election Commission efforts to prevent candidates from providing transportation to their supporters to reach polling stations will deter many rural women from voting. (file photo) Election day More...

By Editorial Team On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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Afghanistan: Woman Killed for “Dishonouring” Family

Authorities are still failing to tackle the shocking levels of gender-based violence in Afghanistan© SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images The woman, who has two children, was shot dead on Monday 22 April by her father in More...

By Editorial Team On Friday, April 5th, 2013
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Muslim women decry topless gender protests

A group of Muslim women has launched an online campaign in response to demonstrations by bare-breasted activists staged in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe. The “Muslimah Pride Day” More...

By Editorial Team On Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Saudi women to be granted national ID cards

Saudi women will be for the first time granted national identity cards, giving them the freedom to act independently. The move means women will no longer have to rely on a male family member to affirm their identity More...

By Editorial Team On Sunday, March 17th, 2013
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My broken dream for Iraqi Kurdistan

‘Honor’ killings are thought to be one of the leading causes of death for women in Iraqi Kurdistan. Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Guardian I thought that the people of Iraq could leave the atrocities More...

By Editorial Team On Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Condemns UN Report on Women

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest organized Islamist movement, criticized a United Nations report that aimed to end violence against women and girls, saying it violates principles of Islamic More...