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Afghanistan's Silent Killer

Siam Zamir News

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death for Afghan women, but there is little public awareness of the disease. In a dark, narrow hallway at the Herat breast cancer treatment centre, women with anxious faces wait for their diagnose. Nafas Gul (not her real name), a woman in her forties, said that she had been in pain ...
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Afghanistan: Female Detainees Face Sexual Abuse

Siam Zamir News

Prisoners say they are harassed by police officers and justice officials alike. Zahra (not her real name) is in Kabul Badam-Bagh women’s prison, six years into a 15-year prison sentence - the maximum punishment for adultery under Afghan law. The mother-of four said that she had run away with another man after her husband beat and mistreated her. One night ...

Afghan Women Denied Identity Cards

Siam Zamir News

Without officials papers it’s impossible to vote, travel or get medical care. A full 70 per cent of women in the eastern province of Nangarhar do not hold Afghan identity cards and thus are denied access to a wide range of services, IWPR has discovered. The documents, known as tazkira, are vital to access basic facilities from medical care, education ...
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New Afghan Law Targets Sexual Harassment

Siam Zamir News

Leeda stood waiting at a Kabul bus stop, braced for a daily commute that she said inevitably involved sexual comments and snide remarks from male passers-by. The young woman said she knew about recent legislation that would make such harassment a crime under Afghan law for the first time. However, she did not have high hopes for it. Making laws ...