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Afghanistan among 10 least happy countries in World Happiness Report Update 2016

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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

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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

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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.

Violence Against Women Increases In Badakhshan: Officials

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Officials in the northern province of Badakhshan said Saturday that a sharp increase in violence against women has been recorded in their area this year. Badakhshan Women's Affairs Department has said that the non-implementation of violence against women bill has been the main reason behind the surge. Domestic violence, trying of women in open courts by the armed opponents and ...
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Afghan Girls Mourn Lost Education

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Very few are able to finish their studies, let alone go on to university. Soala gazes at her prized high school diploma with tears in her eyes. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Zarghuna Ana high school in Kandahar province, she had dreamed of going on to study medicine. But her hopes were dashed when her ...
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Health care needs urgent treatment

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Poor quality drug imports and an acute shortage of medical professionals and facilities are the bane of health care in Afghanistan. More than 60,000 people travel out of the country for medical treatment every year spending some 3 million USD. At the inauguration of an emergency ward in Jamhoriat Hospital, Kabul, Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz admitted people were ...
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UN: Afghan Civilian Casualties Hit New High in 2015

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN- The United Nations said Sunday Afghan hostilities left more than 3,500 civilians dead and nearly 7,500 others wounded in 2015, an increase of four percent in civilian casualties from the previous year. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the number of civilian casualties during 2015 were the highest recorded since it began its systematic documentation of ...

Dark Days For Afghan Women's Rights

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Event hears that summary justice is often meted out by ad hoc courts. Women in the eastern province of Nangarhar are increasingly falling victim to summary justice procedures, according to speakers at an IWPR-organised debate in provincial capital Jalalabad. The event heard that tribal courts operating in the province, particularly in more remote areas, often meted out brutal punishments to ...