While there is a perception in Afghanistan that women are making some political strides, they still face formidable obstacles. For example, a majority of Afghan men in a recent survey said that while they supported women taking on more roles and responsibilities, they thought those roles should be in health or education, not in politics.
The men said the judiciary should increase justice for women, but they stopped short at supporting the appointment of women judges. They said police should protect women, but that women should not join the police force, and they supported women in parliament, but only to serve women constituents. The findings were based on research conducted by the Peace, Training and Research Organization (PTRO), an Afghan nongovernmental organization based in Kabul.