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Afghan women demand right to be named on children's documents

Jul 29 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghan women could win the legal right to have their names on their children's birth certificates and identity cards under a proposal to be presented to parliament, one of the country's few female lawmakers has said.

Kinky 'Fifty shades' sex and porn linked to divorce in Iran

Sep 17 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the privacy of their bedrooms in conservative Iran, Sabah's husband used to burn her breasts with cigarettes during sex, while Sarah was forced to re-enact scenes from the sadomasochist box office hit "Fifty Shades of Grey".

Afghan travel entrepreneur aims to give female students chance to fly to success

Sep 07 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Afghan entrepreneur is hoping to inspire a new generation of women by using her travel agency to help female students secure places at universities in Turkey, Russia and Europe and then break into male-dominated careers.

Invisible Taliban child brides, widows trapped as sex slaves

Aug 23 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fatima's Taliban husband was so controlling that he refused to allow her to bathe and threatened to burn her face if she dared wear make up, suspicious that his 12-year-old Afghan wife was trying to make herself attractive to other men.

Security fears ahead of concert by 'Afghanistan's Kim Kardashian'

Aug 16 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of Afghanistan's most controversial pop stars, Ariana Saeed, famous for her figure-hugging outfits, has vowed to go ahead with a fundraising concert in the capital Kabul on Saturday amid threats from conservatives who oppose women singing in public.

Where is my name? Afghan women fight for their own identity

Jul 27 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Afghanistan's patriarchal society, a woman's name should not be revealed, even on her grave.

Afghanistan's female lawyers risk danger to help women branded 'cheap and filthy'

Jul 04 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years ago Maliha, 24, was sitting in a park in western Afghanistan with the man she thought was the love of her life.

What ambition gap? Women as ambitious as men unless companies block them: study

Apr 05 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women are just as ambitious as men at the start of their careers but this falters if companies fail to encourage them, according to a study released on Wednesday that sought to dispel the myth of a gender ambition gap.

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