Learn More About Afghanistan

January 9, 2010


U.S. Department of State: Afghanistan Backgrounder
Details about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations of Afghanistan.

BBC News: Historical Timeline of Modern Afghanistan
Information on Colombia’s politics and history, with links to the BBC’s archive of stories on the country.

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Office of the President
President Karzai’s official site provides speeches, presidential biography and links to other government websites.


Afghan Women’s Network
The Afghan Women’s Network is a non-partisan network of more than 3,000 women and 70 NGOs working to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society.

Women for Afghan Women
Women for Afghan Women is a New York-based grassroots organization concerned with human rights and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan is an independent political and social organization of Afghan women working to establish an independent, democratic and secular Afghanistan.

Afghan Women’s Educational Center
The Afghan Women’s Educational Center runs health and education projects in Kabul and in refugee camps in Pakistan.

Afghan Women Skills Development Center
The Afghan Women Skill Development Center is a non-profit organization established by Afghan women to promote peace and initiation of rehabilitation and development projects.


UNIFEM Afghanistan: 2010 Factsheet
The United Nations Women’s Fund website provides details about women’s rights, their political participation and economic security in Afghanistan.

We Have the Promises of the World: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
This Human Rights Watch report details emblematic cases of ongoing rights violations in five areas: attacks on women in public life; violence against women; child and forced marriage; access to justice; and girls’ access to secondary education.

Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders Tell of Intimidation and Attacks
In this Amnesty International report, women human rights defenders describe the intimidation and attacks the face as they attempt to tackle violence and discrimination in the country.

Economic and Social Rights Report (PDF)
A report by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission that focuses on the rights of vulnerable persons, such as returnees, internally displaced persons, refugees, children, women and persons with disabilities..

Shia Personal Status Law
This Human Rights watch report argues Afghanistan’s Shia Personal Status Law, which regulates marriage, divorce, and inheritance for the country’s Shia population, should be repealed or amended to protect human rights. The law includes provisions that require a woman to ask permission to leave the house except on urgent business, a duty to “make herself up” or “dress up” for her husband when demanded, and a duty not to refuse sex when her husband wants it.

The Taliban’s War on Women
A 1998 report by Physicians for Human Rights that details how the Taliban violates the human rights of Afghan women.