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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Shortage of female security forces could keep Afghan women from vote
Women across Afghanistan risk being unable to vote in next year's presidential elections because of a severe shortage of women in the security forces, the country's election monitor said on Wednesday. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (...
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Place at the Table: Safeguarding Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
Ten years after the start of the western intervention in Afghanistan, Afghan women are facing an uncertain future. Women have strived for and made important gains since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, including in political participation and access...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Every Effort Needed to Protect Afghan Women MPs
Afghan authorities must make every effort possible to ensure the release and safe return of abducted Afghan woman MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar and to provide greater protection for all women parliamentarians in the country, says the Inter-Parliamentary...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Women's Rights Should Not Be Used As A Political Tool: CPPW, Afghanistan
The Committee on Political Participation of Women (CPPW) urged political parties not to take advantage of the role of women in the 2014 election by using them as a tool to gain political mileage. The CPPW said that the need for sincerity in working...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Afghanistan's pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels
Noor Zia Atmar, a young activist and then one of the country’s first woman MPs, travelled the world with her colleagues to show that things were changing. That was three years ago. Now, she lives in a shelter for battered women, the victim of an...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government. But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee...
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Trailblazing Afghan Female MP Forced To Take Shelter
Noorzia Atmar is the human face of women's rights in Afghanistan, her unbridled and open enthusiasm now bruised and sheltered from the public eye. Today her voice has been muted, and her existence in a home for battered women epitomizes the rapid...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Men (and One Woman) Who Might Be Afghanistan's Next President
President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai essentially just had a Skype breakup. According to The New York Times, the "slowly unraveling" relationship between the two reached a "new low" when Karzai unloaded on Obama in a video...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The problem with the Taliban peace talks is not women, it’s their absence, Afghanistan
  Although women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict, their experiences and instrumental contribution to peace are often overlooked Women must be present! So said the parliamentary commission on banking standards, which has today...
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Afghan women lose political power as fears grow for the future
A legal requirement that women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elected officials was quietly removed by conservative male parliamentarians, officials said, the latest in a series of decisions undermining advances in women's rights in...
Monday, June 17, 2013
IN AFGHANISTAN, WORKING ACROSS PARTY, GENDER LINES TO BOOST WOMEN IN POLITICS
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...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Lessons from Women’s Programs in Afghanistan and Iraq
As Afghanistan and Iraq enter a difficult transition period, women in these countries are increasingly vulnerable to having their rights and opportunities set back at least a generation. Deteriorating security in both countries also places women on...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Farkhunda Zahra Naderi
Interview with Ms Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Member of Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador.  
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Afghanistan: The World’s Most Vulnerable Mayor
The first woman to run an Afghan city stars in a moving new documentary. But once NATO leaves next year, the Taliban will surely crack down on women like her. (Read article at: The Daily Beast)
Monday, February 25, 2013
Afghanistan: Afghan female governor breaks new ground
Saira Shakeeb Sadat wants her district, Khwaja Dukoh, to change. Surrounded by mud walls, the dusty hamlet in the remote northern Afghan province of Jawzjan is home to about 5,000 families. The isolation means security is good here, but little aid...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Monday, December 10, 2012
Afghanistan: The Forum on Women, Peace & Security in Afghanistan
The Forum on Women, Peace and Security in Afghanistan, 4-6 December 2012, jointly supported by the N-Peace Network and the Research Institute for Women, Peace and Security (RIWPS), was attended by women Members of Parliament and more than 80 women...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Power, Voice and Rights: South Asia Regional Conference on Women’s Political Leadership 2011
The report summarizes the key deliberations and outcomes of the said Conference organized in October 2011 by the Parliament of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the framework of the “Improving Democracy through...

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