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Over half of teachers in Afghanistan unfit for position: anti-corruption watchdog

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More than half of teachers in Afghanistan are incompetent to carry out the task, an independent anti-corruption body warned Saturday. The finding by the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee alleged favoritism and patronage widely prevail over merit and ability in appointment of teachers. “Despite huge fund for education, we still see 55 percent of teachers in the sector ...
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Afghanistan Conflict: Highest Number of Women, Kids Killed, Wounded on Record

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The highest number of women and children on record were killed or wounded by the conflict in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The number of women who died or were injured jumped 23 percent in the six months to June, the United Nations Assistance Mission in ...

Afghanistan: Men throw acid into girls' faces 'for going to school'

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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN. The girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the biggest girls' schools in Herat city, the provincial capital, said Aziz-ul-Rahman Sarwary, head of the ...
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Afghanistan: No Country for Women

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In war-torn Afghanistan it is not the Taliban that poses the greatest threat to women – it is their own families. Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan continue to suffer oppression and abuse. Research by Global Rights estimates that almost nine out of 10 Afghan women face physical, sexual or psychological violence, or are forced … Read More
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World Report 2015: Afghanistan

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Afghanistan entered a new period of instability in 2014, with important implications for human rights. The June 2014 final round of the presidential election resulted in political impasse as both candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, claimed victory after accusing each other’s teams of engaging in fraud. On September 21, the two candidates signed a deal making Ghani the president, … Read More
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Afghanistan: Fight Rampant Sexual Harassment

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President Ghani Should Back Sweeping Reforms Now (New York) – Afghanistan’s new government should take urgent steps to combat sexual harassment of women in education, employment, and public life, Human Rights Watch said today. There are no laws in Afghanistan that specifically prohibit sexual harassment or protect victims. Government institutions lack effective policies to prevent and punish sexual harassment, Human … Read More
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Afghanistan: Rights Setbacks Fan Future Fears

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Donors Should Sustain Support for Women, Demand Next President Backs Rights (Kabul) – Afghanistan’s human rights situation regressed in key areas in 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Government policies on human rights were negatively affected by the end-2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international combat forces and the … Read More
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EU-Afghanistan: Mission accomplished, women abandoned?

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron may feel that his country’s Afghanistan mission is “accomplished,” but Afghan women paint a much bleaker picture. Despite 12 years of armed conflict, investment and capacity-building by foreign governments in Afghanistan, including by European Union governments and the EU itself, women’s rights remain in peril. Violence against women and forced marriage are rife, while high-profile … Read More
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Unease at Pakistani Schools in Afghan Province

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Lack of state schools in Taleban-dominated parts of Paktika mean children are forced to learn in Urdu. Fifteen-year-old Afghan schoolboy Emran Khan is proud of his detailed knowledge of Pakistani history. Questioned about the number of provinces in Pakistan, he smiles and answers confidently, “Four states – Sind, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan.” Asked when Pakistan became independent, he immediately … Read More