Afghan women suffer daily violence December 27, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Sexism, Sexist, violence.
Afghan women’s rights groups acknowledge that women now have a variety of rights which they didn’t have under Taleban rule.
But in practice, they say, many of those rights are ignored.
And activists face intimidation, or worse.
In September, the head of the Women’s Affairs Ministry in the southern city of Kandahar, Safia Amajan, who’d criticised the Taleban’s treatment of women, was shot dead.
One of her former colleagues, who was too afraid to give her name, says since then activists have been staying home.
There are many opportunities to work here, she says.
There’s a lot to do, but there’s no security so women don’t want to leave their homes.
They think about what happened to Safia Amajan and they’re afraid the same thing will happen to them.
‘He beats me’
All Afghans are affected by worsening security. But for women, widespread domestic violence is an additional problem.
Women thought their lives would improve after the Taleban
“My husband beats me whenever he feels like it,” a young mother of three from Kabul told the BBC.