Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed laws that protect women's rights but also has made comments that have alarmed defenders of those rights. He ignited a firestorm last year when he attempted to bring all women's shelters under government control. (Associated Press)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed laws that protect women's rights but also has made comments that have alarmed defenders of those rights. He ignited a firestorm last year when he attempted to bring all women's shelters under government control. (Associated Press)