Afghan leaders visited Australia last month to urge the Government not to desert Afghan women. The Government recently announced they would withdraw the Australian Federal Police from the troubled region, where almost 90 percent of women and girls suffer some form of abuse.
This year will be one of rapid change in Afghanistan, as international military forces complete their withdrawal and Afghans await the final outcome of Presidential elections. Despite some important gains in women and girls’ access to education and health, almost 13 years since the fall of the Taliban the situation facing women and girls throughout […]
Only 1 per cent of the Afghan National Police is female. Although female police are vital for Afghan women to be able to report crimes and access desperately-needed justice, few women in Afghanistan will ever encounter one. A report released by Oxfam today has found that Further action is urgently needed to recruit, train, retain […]
A delegation of Afghan MPs and community leaders visited Parliament House last week to push for Australia’s political leaders to help protect women’s rights in Afghanistan. Women in Afghanistan face an uncertain future as Australia and other international forces prepare to withdraw troops in 2014. Ms Shinkai Karokhil, an independent member of the Afghan parliament […]
In 2001, just 5,000 girls in Afghanistan were enrolled in school. Today, that number is 2.4 million. But poverty and growing insecurity are among the many barriers girls face in their struggle to get an education. In a new report, Oxfam and 15 other aid groups examine the obstacles that are threatening the progress girls have made.
Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andew Hewett argues that real progress in Afghanistan will only be made with the involvement of the Afghan people.