Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Afghan women's rights impeded by tradition

In Afghanistan, tradition still supersedes rule of law. IRIN reports that "men have the weight of prevailing traditions on their side and, especially in rural areas, exploit these to get what they want: An Islamic tradition, according to which a man can renounce his marriage simply by uttering the word 'talaq,' is still common."

The Leadership Council for Human Rights is currently conducting women's capacity-building trainings in four Afghan provinces, including Faryab (featured in the IRIN article), raising awareness at the community level of women's rights and empowering women through hands-on skill-building sessions.

For the full story about Afghan women's continuing struggles, click here.

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