Lifting the veil on conflict, culture and politics
By Andrew Hammond
There have been worrying signs in Kabul over the past week that political and social gains made by women since the Taliban were removed from power in 2001 are at best tenuous.
”Normalising” the country’s profile after the extremes of five years of Taliban rule has been one main justifications for continuing the Western military mission in Afghanistan, and of Hamid Karzai’s government.
Karzai’s interim cabinet after 2001 included a female vice-president and there were three female ministers after his
election in 2004. Next month’s parliamentary polls maintain a quota to ensure at least 25 percent of Walesi Jirga seats are filled by women.