Afghan women lose political powers

Fears grow for the future

Source: Reuters – Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:22 AM

KABUL, June 17 (Reuters) – 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 Afghanistan.

The change, engineered in mid-May, was only discovered by women members of parliament a few days ago.

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