A provincial official known for fighting for women's rights in Afghanistan was gunned down in the southern part of the country on Sunday, officials said. Gunmen killed Sitara Achakzai outside her home in Kandahar city ... as she was getting out of her car... Qari Yousef Ahmedi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack. ...
Achakzai, a dual German-Afghan citizen, spent the years of Taliban rule in Germany and returned to her native country to fight for women's rights, said Shahida Bibi, a member of the Kandahar women's association who worked with Achakzai. [She] was a member of Kandahar's provincial council, and had been vocal in encouraging women to take jobs and encouraging them to fight for equal rights.
I've lost track of the number of legislators and advocates for women's human rights - education and safety from personal violence for example - who have been murdered since the fall of the Taliban. In view of the laws that Karzai's current sham of a legislative assembly is attempting to pass, it appears that corruption and coercion are imbedded in the political fabric of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a complex nation of embattled regions, and a firmly entrenched history of tribal hostilities and horrendous human rights abuse against a population battered by the power plays between feodal warlords, fundamentalist islamists and a small community of well-educated women and men, many of whom members of the diaspora living anywhere but in Afghanistan.