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A physician who refused to deny treatment to women during the Taliban years, Samar is a true symbol of resistance, whose appropriation by the unctuous Bush was short-lived. In December 2001, Samar attended the Washington-sponsored peace conference in Bonn at which Karzai was installed as president and three of the most brutal warlords as vice- presidents. General Rashid Dostum, accused of torturing and slaughtering prisoners, is currently defence minister. Samar was one of two women in Karzai's cabinet.



No sooner had the applause in Congress died away than Samar was smeared with a false charge of blasphemy and forced out. The warlords, different from the Taliban only in their tribal allegiances and religious pieties, were not tolerating even a gesture of female emancipation.



Today, Samar lives in constant fear for her life. She has two fearsome bodyguards with automatic weapons. She travels in a blacked-out van. For the past 23 years, I was not safe, she told me, but I was never in hiding or travelling with gunmen, which I must do now... There is no more official law to stop women from going to school and work there is no law about dress code. But the reality is that even under the Taliban there was not the pressure on women in the rural areas there is now.

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Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Saturday released its yearly report on violence against women and said in the last year (1396 Solar Year) over 4,000 cases of violence against women were registered by the commission. The report says that the number of cases has ...

... voice, ensure their education and protect them from often brutal violence and an oppressive patriarchic system. The head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, speaking about women in the country's security forces, declared, “Your safety represents the safety of all Afghan women.
The head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, directed some comments at women in Afghanistan's security forces. "Your safety represents the safety of all Afghan women," she said, reminding women in uniform to report any abuse by superiors to the rights commission. She said no ...
... and to remind their leaders that plenty of work remains to be done to give Afghan woman a voice, ensure their education and protect them from increasing violence. The head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, directed some comments at women in Afghanistan's security forces.
The head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, addressed women in Afghanistan's security forces. "Your safety represents the safety of all Afghan women," she said, reminding women in uniform to report any abuse by superiors to the rights commission. Samar said no one ...
"The Afghans could utterly overcome the current challenges and crisis if they take further measures for women's empowerment and help strengthen the role of women in society," Chairperson of Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission Sima Samar told a gathering here marking the day on Thursday ...
The head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, directed some comments at women in Afghanistan's security forces. "Your safety represents the safety of all Afghan women," she said, reminding women in uniform to report any abuse by superiors to the rights commission. She said no ...
The International Women's Day was marked in Kabul on Thursday in which chairman of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) Sima Samar sharply criticized government for its reluctance to increase the number of women in what she described as major programs at a national level.
The head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, addressed women in Afghanistan's security forces. "Your safety represents the safety of all Afghan women," she said, reminding women in uniform to report any abuse by superiors to the rights commission. Samar said no one ...


 

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