A woman in Afghanistan was strangled by her husband and mother-in-law for giving birth to a third daughter rather than a son.
Such crimes against women are common in the country, most often in the form of acid attacks and honor killings. In one case last November, a family who refused to let a man marry their daughter was attacked by assailants who poured acid on them.
Women’s rights advocates fear that with the upcoming troop withdrawal in 2014, and an effort to increase peace talks with the Taliban, violence against women may become less of a priority.
However, in a statement released today, the U.S. Embassy said: “The rights of women cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs, as this issue is at the core of our national security and the security of people everywhere.”