The Role of Women in Afghanistan in the Spotlight
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
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.