Afghan Government Control of Women’s Shelters Worries Advocates

The Afghan government says it plans to take control of women’s shelters — a move strongly opposed by international human rights groups: the Voice of America’s Sarah Williams spoke with Rachel Reid, the Afghan researcher at Human Rights Watch in Kabul, who says a government shelter is “far more likely” to cave-in to pressure from families and tribes to hand back victims of domestic violence, putting women’s lives at risk.



Grade: C

Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000

Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening

Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense