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April 7, 2021, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 59% of births in Afghanistan were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 43).
April 7, 2021, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

"In 2016, the life expectancy at birth in Afghanistan was 61 years for males and 64.5 years for females" (p 42).
April 2, 2021, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"While Afghanistan's laws give women equal rights to own land and property, ignorance, weak law enforcement, and social norms have combined to deprive Afghan women of their property rights" (para 5). "The Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) – formerly ARAZI – has been improving land administration and promoting better access to registration services, especially for women" (para 7). "This effort has been supported initially by the UN Habitat's City for All Program, and subsequently through the Afghanistan Land Administration System Project (ALASP) financed by the World Bank and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). So far MUDL has issued 34,370 Occupancy Certificates (OC) and more than half include...more
April 2, 2021, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-DATA-3

"Experts estimate that less than 5 percent of land ownership documents in Afghanistan include the name of a female owner" (para 5).
April 2, 2021, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"A cook, a mother of three, and now a widow of an Afghan soldier, Nasiba faced pressure from her in-laws to move out. As a woman living in a non-planned area in Gozar 6 in Bamiyan province, she lacked proof of ownership and feared eviction" (para 2). "While Afghanistan's laws give women equal rights to own land and property, ignorance, weak law enforcement, and social norms have combined to deprive Afghan women of their property rights" (para 5).
April 2, 2021, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"In 2018, the under-five mortality rate in Afghanistan was 62 per 1000 live births" (p 43).
March 31, 2021, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MMR-SCALE-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality ratio for women in Afghanistan was 638 per 100,000 live births" (p 47).
March 31, 2021, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality ratio for women in Afghanistan was 638 per 100,000 live births" (p 47).
March 30, 2021, 7:36 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"From 2010-2017 in Afghanistan the proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15-49 years subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months was 46%" (p 66).
March 30, 2021, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-DATA-3

"From 2010-2019 the proportion of women in Afhanistan of reproductive age who have their need for family planning satified with modern methods is 42.2%" (p 50).
March 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"A radio and television broadcaster in eastern Afghanistan that has had four of its female employees murdered since December has said it will not hire any more women until security in the country improves" (para 1).
March 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"A radio and television broadcaster in eastern Afghanistan that has had four of its female employees murdered since December has said it will not hire any more women until security in the country improves" (para 1). "The broadcaster, Enikass Radio and Television, has also told all female employees to work from home. Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for killing all four women, but Enikass also blames the Afghan government for not providing adequate security" (para 2). "'It’s our priority to protect our female staff now. We are working in a dangerous field,' Latifi said. 'Extremist groups and terrorists, like Daesh [Isis], try to make it impossible for us to...more
March 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said: 'Afghan women journalists are being targeted not just for the issues they cover but also for challenging perceived social norms, by taking on public roles and working outside the home. And now the only option they are offered is to do precisely that: stay home or flee the country' (para 11-12). “Violence and fear have eroded the most fundamental elements of an open society in Afghanistan – gains in women’s equal participation that no one in power seems committed to protect,” she said
March 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"A radio and television broadcaster in eastern Afghanistan that has had four of its female employees murdered since December has said it will not hire any more women until security in the country improves. The broadcaster, Enikass Radio and Television, has also told all female employees to work from home. Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for killing all four women, but Enikass also blames the Afghan government for not providing adequate security. Three women who worked in the dubbing department – Mursal Wahidi, 25; Sadia Sadat, 20; and Shahnaz Raofi, 20 – were killed on their way home from work in two separate attacks by gunmen on 2 March...more
March 19, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: BR-DATA-1

"The adolescent birth rate from 2010-2018 in Afghanistan is 62.0 per 1000 women aged 15-19 years" (p 50).
March 8, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

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Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

“This phenomenon presents a system of gender reversal in Afghanistan. Whereas rural Pashtun culture remains largely misogynistic and male-dominated due to deeply-ingrained Islamic values, teenage boys have become the objects of lustful attraction and romance for some of the most powerful men in the Afghan countryside” (para 3).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

“With the looming withdrawal of NATO troops and a persistent insurgent threat, Afghanistan is in a precarious position. Innumerable tragedies have beleaguered rural Afghans throughout the past decades of conflict -- perpetual violence, oppression of women, and crushing poverty have all contributed to the Hobbesian nature of life in the Afghan countryside” (para 1).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3

“Although social and religious customs still heavily dictate that all men must marry one or more women and have children, these marriages are often devoid of love and affection, and are treated as practical, mandated arrangements” (para 14).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Despite the grave nature of the child abuse committed across Afghanistan, this tragic phenomenon has received relatively little global attention. It has been highlighted mainly in sporadic news articles and one Afghan-produced documentary, while other Afghan issues such as women's rights and poverty are center stage” (para 19).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2

“A second corrupting, and perhaps surprising, consequence of bacha bazi is its negative impact on women's rights in Afghanistan. It has become a commonly accepted notion among Afghanistan's latent homosexual male population that 'women are for children, and boys are for pleasure.' Passed down through many generations and spurred by the vicious cycle created by the pedophile-victim relationship, many Afghan men have lost their attraction towards the opposite gender. Although social and religious customs still heavily dictate that all men must marry one or more women and have children, these marriages are often devoid of love and affection, and are treated as practical, mandated arrangements” (para 14).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

“The fact that bacha bazi, which has normalized sodomy and child abuse in rural Afghan society, developed within a deeply fundamentalist Islamic region of the world is mystifying. According to a 2009 Human Terrain Team study titled 'Pashtun Sexuality,' Pashtun social norms dictate that bacha bazi is not un-Islamic or homosexual at all -- if the man does not love the boy, the sexual act is not reprehensible, and is far more ethical than defiling a woman” (para 10).
Feb. 6, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-2

“From an estimated 200,000 opium and heroin addicts in 2005, the number rose to nearly a million in 2009 and reached between 1.9 million to 2.4 million in 2015, the United Nations reported. The growing number of addicts reflects the octopus-like reach of opium and heroin. Husbands often addict wives, and mothers often addict children — by using opium while pregnant, by exposing the children to secondhand opium smoke and by using a pinch of opium to calm them when they are fussing” (para. 6). “One of the biggest rehabilitation centers for women is in Kabul: the 100-bed National Center for the Treatment of Addiction for Women and Children, headed...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

“The generational ties of addiction was clear in interviews with six women at the center. Nasima, 30, said her friend gave her heroin to smoke to help her relax. She didn't know heroin was addictive. She is illiterate, was married off as a child and has lived her life largely confined to home, like many Afghan women” (para. 21). “Some of the children pushed their mothers into rehab, like Farida. She was only a kid when she became addicted. Farida was forcibly married off when she was 8. Her husband at the time was using opium, and she believes he deliberately addicted her” (para. 24). “Farida and her husband have...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-DATA-2

“At least 3 percent of women were drug addicted in 2009, a number the U.N. considered to be low, because addiction can be easily concealed and underreported. By 2015, it had risen to 9.5 percent. Addiction among children wasn't properly counted until 2015, when the U.N. reported that 9.2 percent of children up to 14 years old tested positive for one or more type of drugs and were likely to be active drug users” (para. 8). “Four years on, "the number of women addicted is definitely increasing. It's on the rise compared to even two or three years back," said Anubha Sood, a senior program officer for the United Nations...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

“Some of the children pushed their mothers into rehab, like Farida. She was only a kid when she became addicted. Farida was forcibly married off when she was 8. Her husband at the time was using opium, and she believes he deliberately addicted her” (para. 24).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, Afghanistan has put in place the Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW Law), including the establishment of the Commissions on EVAW at national and local levels and the EVAW Prosecution Units. It also has seen to the creation of women protection centers and the progressive increase in recruitment of policewomen" (para 10).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Though women in developed countries are also subject to ostracism and further abuse for speaking out, in Afghanistan that can also be accompanied by societal perceptions that the violations of a woman or girl has tainted her for life. She, in turn, can be abandoned by her own family" (para 15).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In Afghanistan, gender-based violence takes extraordinary forms, including women and girls traded in a marriage exchanges between families in a practice known as badal, giving away girls to settle disputes, known as ba’ad, and the practice of bacha bazi, where boys are used as sex slaves" (para 8).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Yet, Sadia sees signs of change in the air – and across the region. 'Social media has opened up new possibilities for women and girls in Afghanistan,' she said. 'Before we didn’t know what to do, but now women are telling their stories'" (para 4). "The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has taken a special interest in providing support for media organizations determined to break the silence and help marginalized women, girls, and boys tell their stories. The UN has sponsored forums and athletic events to promote conversation and awareness of gender-based violence and harassment, and has worked with local media outlets to extend these messages across the...more