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Afghan lawmakers block law on women's rights

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  • An Afghan woman peers through the eye slit of her burqa as she waits to try on a new burqa in shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan. Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a law on Saturday that aims to protect women's freedoms, with some arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage.

      An Afghan woman peers through the eye slit of her burqa as she waits to try on a new burqa in shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan. Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a law on Saturday that aims to protect women's freedoms, with some arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage.
    Associated Press/April 11, 2013

  • An Afghan woman harvests wheat on the outskirts of Kabul.

      An Afghan woman harvests wheat on the outskirts of Kabul.
    Associated Press/May 15, 2012

  • Associated Press/March 28, 2013Afghan female prisoners in their cell at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's central women's prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

      Associated Press/March 28, 2013Afghan female prisoners in their cell at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's central women's prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 
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The law on elimination of violence against women has been in effect since 2009, but only by presidential decree. it is being brought before parliament now because lawmaker fawzia kofi, a women's rights activist, wants to cement it with a parliamentary vote to prevent its potential reversal by any future president who might be tempted to repeal it to satisfy hard-line religious parties.

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