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Monday, August 22, 2016
Afghan Women Need Support in Building Peace
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people in Kabul in late July, marking the worst attack in Afghanistan in months. With NATO withdrawing from the country and the international community at large gradually disengaging, attacks have been on the...
Friday, June 24, 2016
Herat Leaders Call for Afghan Women to Play Active Role in Politics
The need for more Afghan women to work in government positions was the key message from those speaking at a UN-backed event in Herat city, the capital of Afghanistan’s third largest province. “Women’s participation in senior political positions is required in order to bring about positive change...
Monday, February 01, 2016
Afghan women fight for bigger voice in peace process
According to Human Rights Watch, Afghan women have been denied participation in the last 20 rounds of official peace negotiations. The exclusion of women is explained by some to be the result of women’s limited representation in Afghanistan, where men hold virtually all top positions in government...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Afghanistan's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
In July 2015, the government of Afghanistan launched the Afghan National Action Plan for implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has analyzed the Afghani NAP by focusing on how...
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Madeleine K. Albright Grant Luncheon 2015
This year, the Madeleine K. Albright Grant will be awarded to the Worker Women Social Organization (WWSO), a group based in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Every year, the grant is presented to a new or developing grassroots organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls in politics. WWSO...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Resident Director for Women's Political Participation Programs: Afghanistan
 The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking to hire a Resident Director for Women’s Political Participation to assist with its electoral support and political development programs in Afghanistan.  The Director will be based in Kabul, supervised by the Institute’s Resident Country Director...
Najiba Ahmadi
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Najiba Ahmadi: The quiet revolutionary working to end violence against Afghan women
Najiba Ahmadi is quiet and unassuming – mild-mannered even. She is far from your typical revolutionary. Last week, Ms Ahmadi was among the suited government officials gathered in Britain to discuss Afghanistan’s future. For the past five years she has been working to improve the lives of women and...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Report on Implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 2010-14
After fall of Taliban, and as a country in transition, Afghanistan is faced with many political, social, cultural and economic challenges. In the past three decades, the people of Afghanistan, especially women, faced various challenges but despite that,the State of Afghanistan has witnessed a...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gender Quota key to enhance political participation of women
Afghan parliamentarian and women’s rights activist, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, has said that the Gender Quota is key to enhance the political participation of women. Ms Naderi made the suggestion during the Gender Equality Review Conference which was organized in the framework of Organization for...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Afghanistan’s Success Will Be Measured By Women’s Progress
While we were meeting with women journalists in Afghanistan this past May, another group of Afghan women journalists were in Washington, D.C., meeting with congressional staff members. The overlap was coincidental, but both groups of Afghan women recounted similar stories of their growing role in...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Afghanistan’s first ever female cabbie meters out election advice
When Afghan taxi driver Sara Bahai has male passengers in her cab, she takes the chance to lobby them on female rights — and she hopes the country’s next president will also listen to her. Bahai has been driving the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif city for 10 years, during which Afghanistan has...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Women Building Peace
This volume looks back at a wealth of women’s peacebuilding practice documented by Accord since 1998. Case studies from Cambodia,  Sierra Leone, northern Uganda, Papua New Guinea–Bougainville, Northern  Ireland, Angola, Sudan, Indonesia–Aceh and Somalia (presented in the  chronological order in ...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Violence against Women in Afghanistan
As shown in this report the recorded statistics on violence against women during the first six months of the current year has reached a shocking number of 4154 cases. This figure indicates an increase of nearly 25 percent compared to the number of violence against women recorded in the first six...
Monday, April 07, 2014
Afghan women take part in historic elections
Afghan women represented a third of the vote and a historic number of provincial candidates at the weekend's elections. Aid workers say that women are defiant in the progress of democracy and rights, and won't be deterred by violent insurgency. We invite our users to read the complete article...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Women Playing an Unusually Public Role in Afghan Elections
The campaign for Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan is featuring women in a more prominent role than ever before. One front-runner has a female running mate, and another has let his wife address campaign rallies—major departures from established practice in a conservative, Islamic...
Monday, March 31, 2014
Afghan Women See Hope in the Ballot Box
Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds: At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew up in the United States after her family fled there. She vividly remembers the culture shock of visits back to her family’s village in rural Wardak...
Friday, March 28, 2014
Afghanistan's 69 women legislators reflect changing times, fight for rights
When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in the all-encompassing burqa. While most women in conservative Afghanistan may still wear the burqa, today's Afghan woman has choices she didn't have during the Taliban rule that lasted from...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Impossible under the Taliban, there are now 69 female MPs in parliament
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women rarely left their homes. When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in all-encompassing burqas. While most women in conservative Afghanistan may still wear the burqa, today’s Afghan woman...