In the Aftermath of Karzai: Any Improvement for Women and their Rights in Afghanistan?

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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Today, one must state that most women in Afghanistan find themselves in a similar repressive situation as during the Taliban regime. Besides some initial positive developments in the fields of education, political participation, health care and employment thanks to the armed intervention of the international community, not many aspects have improved in a substantial manner for most Afghan women and girls. According to several observers and human rights organisations, women in Afghanistan continue to be among the worst off within and beyond South Asia. Despite relevant commitments of the former Karzai government, women are facing all kinds of social atrocities, political limitations and sufferings from traditional practices, which are neither in line with the Afghan constitution, nor with national and international laws. The situation further deteriorated after the withdrawal of the bulk of international troops, which paved the path for the comeback of the Taliban and other Islamic fundamentalist groups, as well as the growing influence of religious clerics within the Afghan state and society. Having this in mind, the article attempts to shed some light on the most significant trajectories contributing to the worsening of the status of Afghan women.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2015
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015
Number of Pages: 12
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Karzai, Hamid, Afghanistan, Frau, Soziale Rechte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghanistan, Frauenrechte, Geschichte 2001-2014 / Afghanistan, Women Rights, History 2001-2014
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 3
Additional Information: ISSN 2406-5617
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