There has been an influx of incarcerations of Afghani women due to "moral crimes." These crimes include, but are not limited to, premarital sex (even in instances of rape) and adultery. The women being sent to prison are having children while incarcerated or taking their young children to prison with them. Gabriela Maj has been interviewing the incarcerated women and has created a book, Almond Garden, in which she gives the women an opportunity to tell their story. Maj hopes that her book will contribute to the ratification of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law formulated in 2009 that would criminalize rape, forced marriage, and domestic violence against women. To date, parliament has not ratified this law.
- This would tie perfectly with A Thousand Splendid Suns
- This would also be a good article in 10th or 7th when looking at cultural diffusion (looking at the year that EVAW was introduced to parliament and making the connection to what is going on in the world and how Afghani women might be influenced by this)
- You could bring up this article and the EVAW when looking at the 1920's & 18th Amendment. By examining how women were the driving force for the passage of the 18th Amendment and how part of this was driven by the sexual assault on women by intoxicated men.
- This would also be a good article to bring up if you wanted to do a unit of women's rights activist during the civil rights era as a way to compare the past to the present.
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