The ICG Report –Women & Conflict in Afghanistan – states that women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.
It examines the status of women in present-day Afghanistan. While now equal before the law, they still face widespread discrimination, sidelined in the police and government and menaced where they pursue positions of responsibility. As next year’s international withdrawal nears, attacks on women in positions of authority, including legislators, have multiplied, as have attempts to reverse rights gained over the past twelve years. The security transition and presidential elections in 2014 can and should be turned into an opportunity to empower women and consolidate their rights. Full report HERE.