Hanging By a Thread: Afghan Women’s Rights and Security by Dr Massouda Jalal, Dr. Mario Silva

Womens Studies

By Dr Massouda Jalal, Dr. Mario Silva

Greater than a decade after the Taliban have been ousted from strength, Afghans' rights and safety are at a crossroads, and women's rights grasp via a thread. former political experts supply an replace on possibilities and risks dealing with the overseas neighborhood as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. Dr. Jalal, a former minister within the Karzai executive, asks the $64000 questions and grants expert insights at the historical past of women's fight in Afghanistan and the hazards posed by way of the continued negotiations with the Taliban. partly II, Dr. Silva, a former member of the Canadian Parliament, addresses the ongoing difficulty of defense, nation failure, and terrorism, and the buildings and helps that needs to be in position following the foreign army withdrawal.

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Massouda Jalal INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: THE HISTORY OF WOMEN’S STRUGLE IN AFGHANISTAN Historical Perspectives Abdur Rahman Khan 1880–1891 Amanullah: Era of Social Transformation 1919–1929 Late 1920s and 30 Mohammed Zahir Shah 1933–1973 Pre Soviet Period 1973–1978 Life under the Soviets 1979–1989 Decline of the Soviet Mujahideen Taliban 9/11: The Fall of the Taliban CHAPTER 2: HUMAN RIGHTS Eliminating Violence Against Women Women’s Employment in the Civil Service Landmark Resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security Obstacles to Education Lack of Access to Health Testimonies of Women’s Abuse Cases of Violence Against Women CHAPTER 3: MARRIAGE PRACTICES AND ABUSES Forced Marriages Marriage and Sharia Shia Personal Status Law CHAPTER 4: BURQA AND CHADOR The History of the Burqa The Significance of the Chador/Chadari Sharia Law The Rise of Fundamentalism CHAPTER 5: THE TALIBAN’S ONGOING WAR ON WOMEN, Case Studies Since the Fall of the Taliban Children as Suicide Bombers CHAPTER 6: TOWARDS ENDURING PEACE, DEMOCRACY AND GENDER EQUALITY Building Sustainable Peace Recommendations CONCLUSION PART II: AFGHAN’S RIGHTS AND SECURITY TRANSITION POST 2014 Dr.

Numerous women and children were also killed, yet at the same time Afghan women had access to basic freedoms. They were accepted and encouraged to work in universities, airlines, as well as private corporations. Some women went further; in 1984, Khatol Mohammadzai became Afghanistan’s first woman paratrooper and later achieved the rank of general in the Afghan army. As all other reforms that had women at their core, the ones introduced by the PDPA were deemed unwarranted by conservative traditionalists.

9/11: The Fall of the Taliban Towards the end of 2001, the United States and NATO Allied Forces attacked the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and forced them out of Kabul. Women could once again work and attend school. The restrictions placed on them by the Taliban were officially lifted. On December 5, 2001, my friend Dr. Sima Samar was selected as the first Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Interim Administration of Afghanistan under President Hamid Karzai. She was later appointed Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

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