Strange But True, 2011 Edition

This just in:  Afghan woman is raped, reports the crime, is thrown into jail for adultery.

Page 1 of today’s New York Times:

When the Afghan government announced Thursday that it would pardon a woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after she reported that she had been raped, the decision seemed a clear victory for the many women here whose lives have been ground down by the Afghan justice system.

But when the announcement also made it clear that there was an expectation that the woman, Gulnaz, would agree to marry the man who raped her, the moment instead revealed the ways in which even efforts guided by the best intentions to redress violence against women here run up against the limits of change in a society where cultural practices are so powerful that few can resist them, not even the president.

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The decision from the government of President Hamid Karzai is all the more poignant coming as Western forces prepare to leave Aghanistan, underscoring the unfinished business of advancing women’s rights here, and raising questions of what will happen in the future to other women like Gulnaz.

There must be something we can do, dear blog readers.  Self means, we women here, in America.  We’ve got to help.

Stay tuned.

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