The Washington Post provides a grim update on the condition of Afghan women. We learn that the Karzai government is drafting new rules that would ban private safe houses for women fleeing abuse and require eviction from public safe houses for those women whose families want them back. In other words, the women will be returned to their abusers. Reportedly Karzai is pushing the change as a step in making peace with the Taliban, who, naturally, oppose the shelters.
The Post article also outlines a change in American policy requiring USAID projects to include a women’s empowerment component. The change is summed up cold-bloodedly in a quote from a nameless US official, ”Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities.”