Sima Samar – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is honored to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, a visionary ahead of her times, devoting her life to women and human rights. She is a doctor for the poor, an educator of the marginalized and defender of the human rights of all in Afghanistan. She has established and nurtured the Shuhada Organization that, in 2012, operated more than one hundred schools and 15 clinics and hospitals dedicated to providing education and healthcare, particularly focusing on … [Read more...]

AFGHANISTAN – Virginity-related penalties “extremely unfair”.

AFGHANISTAN: Virginity-related penalties “extremely unfair” Photo: Salma Zulfiqar/IRIN Virginity is not mentioned in the Afghan penal system and other laws, but hundreds of women unfairly face penalties over it (file photo) KABUL, 26 April 2011 (IRIN) - The penalties that Afghan women suffer whenever allegations of pre-marital sex and loss of virginity emerge, including death, are extreme, discriminatory and not in the penal code, activists said. “I saw a woman who was … [Read more...]

Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Director of Human Rights: PRESS CONFERENCE

  Press conference - Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Director of Human Rights; and Ahmad Fahim Hakim, Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)   PRESS CONFERENCE (near verbatim transcript) Kabul – 9 December 2010   UNAMA: "Good morning. Thank you all for coming. Today's launch of UNAMA's human rights report: Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan coincides with … [Read more...]

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