Women’s rights groups fear the Afghan government’s efforts to bring the Taliban into the political fold may mean a step back in time for the country’s women.
President Hamiz Karzai nominated Abdul Rahman Hotak to be Commissioner on the newly established human rights commission. Hotak opposes Karzai’s proposed Elimination of Violence Against Women law (EVAW), which would make domestic and public violation against women punishable by law. Criticized for being un-Islamic, the proposed law has been languishing in Afghanistan’s Parliament since 2009.
During the Taliban’s rule, Hotak worked for the Taliban’s education directorate. Later, he was editor of the Taliban newspaper “Afghan Sunrise”.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense