Published On: Sat, Jul 20th, 2013

The Role of Women in Afghanistan in the Spotlight

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The United States has announced the launch of a $200 million fund to boost the role of women in Afghan society. The ability of such a fund to make an impact on the deeply conservative Afghan culture, however is in doubt. Today Hamid Karzai’s main religious advisers refused to overturn a strict religious decree which is renewing Taliban era oppression of women in Baghlan province.

US Program to Help Afghan Women

The $200 million program is being funded by the US Agency for International Development, and is the largest gender-focussed investment run by the agency:

NATO Withdrawal Could Reverse Gains for Afghan Women

Fears are running high that the withdrawal of NATO forces could endanger the few gains made in Afghan gender equality in recent years. Highlighting this danger is a religious order, or Fatwah, which is currently being imposed in the province of Baghlan and which the government in Kabul has refused to condemn. Amongst other things the decree prevents women from leaving their homes unless they have a male relative to act as a escort, and orders to closure of shops selling make-up.

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- Dean Walsh is the owner and editor of World News Curator. He also owns and runs Ourly News and a range of other online publications.

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