NEWS: Afghan Women Challenge the Shia Family Law

female_students_of_afghanistan_in_2005Yesterday Kabul witnessed an unprecedented event in recent Afghanistan history. Marching towards the Afghan parliament, about 200 women protested against the Shia Family Law passed by the national body. The law, which seems to legalize child marriage and marital rape, applies to Shia Muslims who constitute 15 percent of the population. Demonstrators soon found themselves surrounded by a rapidly expanding mob enraged by both the content and form of the protest. Police had to intervene as the angry local men threatened to beat the unveiled women who were calling for the abrogation of a law deemed as opposed to the dignity of women. Read full story here.

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