90% of Afghan women abused


From the site of Afghan women’s organization RAWA:

According to NGOs, 90 Percent of Afghan Women Are Abused

A 9-year-old tells her story of being raped at age five.

This sobering CNN video takes us into one of only a dozen women’s shelters in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to nongovernmental agencies, 90 percent of Afghan women are victims of domestic abuse.

One woman is at the shelter trying to escape 15 years of abuse from her husband for not being able to conceive a child. As she speaks, a slash on her throat is visible and highlighted by stitches. She would like to see her family again, but she fears she will be killed if she goes home. Another woman has tried to kill herself three times to escape the abuse of a man who often chained her to a wall, setting her free only when it was time for her to cook. In a country where women are viewed as property, even children aren’t spared. A 9-year-old tells her story of being raped at age five.

Also from the RAWA site:

Child Rapist Police Return Behind U.S., UK Troops

Within hours of the arrival of U.S. troops in the village, they wrote, bands of villagers began complaining the local police force was “a bigger problem than the Taliban”.

Afghan girls burn themselves to escape marriage: here.

North Afghanistan ‘a bridgehead for drug-trafficking to Russia’: here.

Robert Greenwald interview on Afghanistan: here.

I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends. By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men. The world would soon come to know her name: Farkhunda. The name means “auspicious” or “jubilant.” She was killed in the very heart of the Afghan capital, at a popular shrine, the burial place of an unnamed ghazi, a warrior martyred for Islam. Years ago, I worked only a few doors away. I knew the neighborhood well as a crossroads for travelers and traders, a market street beside the Kabul River, busy with peddlers, beggars, drug addicts, thieves, and pigeons. It was always a dodgy neighborhood. Now, it had become a crime scene: here.

3 thoughts on “90% of Afghan women abused

  1. US soldier dies at student protest

    Afghanistan: A bomb killed a US soldier in the south on Sunday.

    And Afghan police fired shots in the air to disperse up to 1,000 protesting students.

    During the protest, the students burned an effigy of President Barack Obama and marched from Kabul University to the parliament building, where riot police turned them back with shots in the air.

    At least 34 US service members have died in Afghanistan this month.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/world/World-in-brief166

  2. TV Violence Against Women Skyrockets

    By WeNEWS Staff
    (WOMENSENEWS)–There has been a 120 percent increase over the past five years in the number of incidents of violence against women on mainstream U.S. television, a report by the Parents Television Council found, Reuters reported it was concerned that U.S. television was contributing to an atmosphere in which violence directed at women was viewed as normal.” Oct. 28. The report also showed a 400 percent increase in the portrayal of female teens as victims. The council said in the article that “it was concerned that U.S. television was contributing to an atmosphere in which violence directed at women was viewed as normal.”

    * An in-depth study of 21 Australian moms found that socializing with other mothers and childrenmade them feel guilty and more likely to find ‘flaws’ in their parenting, Reuters reported Oct. 29.
    * Seventy-seven percent of women–a 16-point increase from last year–put more emphasis on retirement concerns and managing everyday expenses, but only 41 percent of women are using long-term strategies, according to a report by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Reuters reported Oct. 29. The online survey included 368 women.
    * More American women–12.4 percent–don’t get enough sleep, compared to 9.9 percent of men, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Press International reported Oct. 29.
    * David Von Haden,accused of taking nearly 60 photos up women’s skirts, was freed on a $500 signature bond, the Associated Press reported Oct. 29. Haden allegedly admitted taking similar pictures for two months on his camera and cell phone. He faces five counts of disorderly conduct in Eau Claire, Wis.

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    http://www.womensenews.org/latest-news

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