Can Afghanistan's Women Pilots Aim High?

Siam Zamir News

Social prejudice and limited facilities makes life tough for the handful of female students at the country’s aviation academy. In December 2016, one of the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF) only two qualified female pilots sought asylum in the United States after years of receiving death threats. Niloofar Rahmani, who got her wings in 2012, now hopes to eventually enlist in ...

Afghanistan: The Shame of Having Daughters

Siam Zamir News

Women are still routinely disrespected and even abused for giving birth to baby girls. Jamila says that she has become a social outcast, just because she has six female children. The 45-year-old, who lives in the eastern province of Nangarhar, said that her daughters were also beaten and mistreated. “After I gave birth to my sixth baby girl, all the ...

Hope for Afghan Women Traded to End Feuds

Siam Zamir News

Campaigners hail progress in efforts to end ancient practice. When families in some parts of Afghanistan fall out over serious matters, one way of avoiding an escalating blood feud is for the offending party to hand over a woman to the other side. Known as “baad”, the custom involves an arranged marriage between the woman and someone from the injured ...