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Category Archive: Afghanistan

Apr 15 2012

Do you remember Gulnaz?

Remember Gulnaz? She was the woman who was raped and imprisoned in Afghanistan and then ‘pardoned’ to marry her rapist. Below is a programme on her case and the film, ‘Injustice’, which had been commissioned and then censored by the EU. The programme has Persian subtitles, and some important bits in English, including an interview with …

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Apr 09 2012

Afghanistan’s female banksy

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Have you seen the graffiti work of 24 year old Shamsia Hassani, an associate professor of Sculpture at Kabul University in Afghanistan and a founding member of a contemporary art collective, Roshd (which means development/growth)? Things of beauty… A lot of her work features women in burqas, but with a modern silhouette, with hips and …

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Dec 01 2011

Gulnaz pardoned… so she can marry her rapist

Hamid Karzai is pardoning Gulnaz, the Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence after she was raped. But don’t get too excited. He is pardoning her so she can marry her rapist! According to a statement from the presidential palace, ‘As the both sides [Gulnaz and the rapist] have agreed to get married to each …

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Nov 15 2011

The EU, like Sharia courts, doesn’t want women to speak up

A few days ago, Ophelia Benson blogged about Gulnaz, the Afghan women jailed for 12 years after being raped in Afghanistan. On the day, I was asked to do an interview on it by SKY TV but couldn’t as I had to pick up my 6 year old from school. Since then, I have been …

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