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Its ok to beat children in our culture.....

Today while getting out of my house to come to work, i noticed a middle aged man around 50 or so beating a boy of around 10 or 12 yrs so hardly that the boy was shouting so hard. I looked around and found plenty of people busy in their own work who didnt even notice the voice of the child. A gardener was cutting some plants and was lost in this own world on how to increase his earnings so that he could lease a house next time because he cant pay this rent anymore. Just near to him there were a couple of laborers digging the ground to the cable tv wires could be triggered to homes and the cable tv man was standing just above their heads make sure that they finish the work soon so that families can start getting the cable tv and pay their advances and dues. On the other corner, there were a couple of quiet elderly men with long while beards discussing an issue with each other as if it was a decision about the next president of Afghanistan and they too never noticed or maybe didnt want t…

Increased Child rapes in Afghanistan

In the past 6 or so months the media outlets in the country are constantly reporting about the various cases of child rapes in different parts of Afghanistan. More than anything else, the current debate among the elites of civil society is whether these cases have increased recently or whether the media is able to report and reflect them much more than ever. However, i dont think that is the main question to address the current dillemma in the country, because the dilemma is so serious on the innocent souls that needs immediate actions now or never. No matter if it existed in Afghan life and Afghan society or not, the reality is that at least one case of child rape in reported in media in a day. For alot of " social rights activists" its another important issue and thankfully they are able to raise their voices on the issue no matter how conservative and closed this society is. With plenty of fear, some of the cases are brought forward in the media and the activists and othe…

Can we replace the " Committment"

After coming back to Afghanistan in 2001, one of the terms that i terribly hate and have to encounter every second is " Committment" or " Tahud" in my beautiful farsi. I wont go back to introducing Afghanistan's war torn history and 30 years of violence and etc but ofcourse that can not be ignored if we want to understand what really committment means in Afghanistan and for Afghans. As i am in the women's rights and gender and development field for the past ten years, and when i came to Afghanistan i was more drawn towards the issues of women's rights than ever due to the wrong approaches towards implementing gender equality in Afghanistan. Since then i have been hearing this term " committment" every second and still we arent able to gauge it nor by Afghans neither by its international allies. The government of afghanistan announces its slogan of " committment" every other night on the national tv, and in every other conference that…