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Why Afghanistan's Nowruz has been interrupted

Siam Zamir News

Nowruz marks the start of the new year and has been celebrated for 3,000 years, observed by adherents of both main branches of Islam, Sunnis and Shias. But in Afghanistan a campaign by conservative clerics to discourage the festivities has led to confusion and uncertainty among a new generation, the BBC's Auliya Atrafi reports. This year people across Afghanistan, Iran, ...
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Afghanistan among 10 least happy countries in World Happiness Report Update 2016

Siam Zamir News

Afghanistan has been put in the ten least happy countries in a report released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Rome ahead of the United Nations International Day of Happiness which is going to be celebrated on 20th March. The other nine countries are Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Togo, Syria and Burundi. The report which covers last ...

Afghan Women Speak Out Against Violence

Siam Zamir News

Event told that gender discrimination comes in many forms. A recent IWPR debate in the northern Afghanistan province of Samangan heard that institutional corruption, unemployment and poverty were all factors fuelling rising rates of abuse against women. An audience of some 100 women and girls also heard speakers argue that gender discrimination had to be battled in all its forms, ...
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Cynicism Marks International Women's Day in Afghanistan

Siam Zamir News

As Afghanistan marks International Women’s Day on March 8, many say there is little to celebrate. Gender violence continues to be a severe challenge, with inequalities exacerbated by a struggling economy and on-going problems with access to justice, employment and education. There is widespread cynicism over the achievements in women’s rights since the fall of the Taleban, with the issue often seen as a handy way to seek international funds rather than ensure changes on the ground.