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Afghanistan: In The Midst Of War, A Women’s Rights Warrior

Bamyan Governor Dr. Habiba Sarabi stands on a patio overlooking the Bamyan river valley where the ancient standing Buddhas of Bamiyan statues used to reside in two giant insets, one of which can be seen here, June 18, 2012. Sarabi is the only female Afghan provincial governor in history.Since becoming a Governor, Dr Habiba Sarabi has efficiently governed Bamyan and used this platform to promote the rich cultural heritage of the province. © Ali Sher

Bamyan Governor Dr. Habiba Sarabi stands on a patio overlooking the Bamyan river valley where the ancient standing Buddhas of Bamiyan statues used to reside in two giant insets, one of which can be seen here, June 18, 2012. Sarabi is the only female Afghan provincial governor in history.Since becoming a Governor, Dr Habiba Sarabi has efficiently governed Bamyan and used this platform to promote the rich cultural heritage of the province. © Ali Sher

Born in the mid-50s in Mazar-i-Sharif, a cultural and religious site in Afghanistan with famous shrines that get thousands of visitors annually, Dr Habiba Sarabi’s childhood was similar to that of many girls in her country. She grew up in a lower middle class household where money was tight, and her father preferred her brothers. She had to work twice as hard to show that she was capable of doing as much as them, if not more.

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19.06.2015 | 15:53

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Women in the News

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While Russia is pondering imposing restrictions on abortion rights, Amnesty International is urging Ireland to end its abortion ban. Read more news about women here and tell us if we miss something.

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19.06.2015 | 14:07

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Acid Attack – A Cowardly Move by Male Chauvinists

Bangladeshi acid survivor Hasina attends a campaign program to End Violence Against Women organized by a national network in Bangladesh supported by UNFPA, Bangladesh, November 24, 2010. (© picture-alliance/dpa)

Bangladeshi acid survivor Hasina attends a campaign program to End Violence Against Women organized by a national network in Bangladesh supported by UNFPA, Bangladesh, November 24, 2010. (© picture-alliance/dpa)

Women are victims of 80% of the roughly 1,500 acid attacks reported globally each year, says London-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International. These cowardly moves are meant to maim, disfigure or blind the victims. It is an atrocious act to cause shame, pain and suffering for other people.

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12.06.2015 | 20:18

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Devadasi – Servants of God, used and discarded afterwards

Sitawa Nanda, 41, is now fighting for the betterment of Devadasi women and hoping that women do not 'sacrifice' their daughters to this regressive practice that continues surreptitiously. (© DW/Murali Krishnan)

Sitawa Nanda, 41, is now fighting for the betterment of Devadasi women and hoping that women do not ‘sacrifice’ their daughters to this regressive practice that continues surreptitiously. (© DW/Murali Krishnan)

It is an ancient religious practice that still traps young girls in India in a life of sexual exploitation.

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12.06.2015 | 16:01

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Breaking The Barriers With The Power Of Press

 

Going against the norm, Aasha Mehreen Amin has risen in the field of media in Bangladesh, essentially dominated by men, to become an influential opinion-maker as the editor of ‘The Star’, the most read weekly magazine for 18 years. (© UN Women)

Going against the norm, Aasha Mehreen Amin has risen in the field of media in Bangladesh, essentially dominated by men, to become an influential opinion-maker as the editor of ‘The Star’, the most read weekly magazine for 18 years. (© UN Women)

Born in Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh, Aasha Mehreen Amin learnt to read and write in English early in her life thanks to her supportive and progressive parents. She got an opportunity to study economics at BostonCollege, where she found her rhythm in the analysis of the world’s current events and their links back to the state of her country.

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12.06.2015 | 13:47

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