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A one-woman crusade to improve the lives of Afghan villagers

Zarifa Qazizadah is the only female village head in Afghanistan. She moves around on a motorbike and hopes to win a seat in the national parliament. The 50-year-old mother of 15 thinks education for women is paramount.

And she’s off again. Zarifa Qazizadah is making her way from one house to the next, asking the villagers how they are – her villagers. As the only female village head in Afghanistan, she takes special care of the thousand or so families that fall under her care in the Narsoyi district of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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07.03.2012 | 16:46

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The rights of Afghan women are at risk again

A council of clerics has put forward a series of recommendations to President Karzai that would drastically restrict women’s rights in Afghanistan. Activists fear the government might bow too easily to the pressure.

“Women are a by-product of creation,” states a declaration put last week by a senior council of Islamic scholars and mullahs to President Hamid Karzai for implementation. The recommendations of the Ulema Council, which has some 3,000 members, stipulate further that women should accept the leading role of men in all walks of life, without resistance.

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07.03.2012 | 16:36

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‘Pakistan’s first Oscar is ‘a triumph for Pakistani women’

Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has become the first Pakistani to win an Oscar ever. Her short film ‘Saving Face’ looks at the issue of acid attacks on women in Pakistan.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani to ever win an Oscar on Sunday. She and her American co-director Daniel Junge won the coveted prize for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for “Saving Face.”

The documentary chronicles the lives of two acid attack survivors, Zakia and Rukhsana, and the arduous task to bring their assailants to justice. It also focuses on the work of British-Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who moved to Pakistan to help restore the faces and lives of acid attack survivors.

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28.02.2012 | 7:18

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