Fill out the brief form below for access to the free report.
With Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial elections just one month away, hopes for free and fair elections depend heavily on the full inclusion of women in the ongoing political process. Afghanistan’s future may rest on the peaceful transition of political power, but the April 5th elections will also prove a critical test of the nation’s commitment to preserve the more recently secured rights and freedoms of Afghan women, rights some fear are already being eroded and rolled back.
While preparations to secure polling stations are underway, threats against Afghan women at the polls have gone unchecked. Time is running short to make significant progress in the securing of polling stations, which could dramatically limit the opportunity for females to vote. Media, civil society, and non-governmental groups are working to counter challenges by engaging women to boost voter turnout, but concerns mount that a shortage of female security staff at the polling stations could limit participation by women.
In this historic election that will mark the first peaceful transfer from one democratically-elected Afghan government to another, serious threats loom for Afghan women whose names appear on the ballot. Women running for office continue to face attacks, kidnappings, and death threats against themselves and their families. With the stakes high, the Afghan Women’s Project is urging the Afghan government and its international partners to ensure the voices of Afghan women will be heard. To achieve a successful outcome in the 2014 elections, the participation and protection of Afghan women at the polls and on the ballot must remain a top priority.
Click here to read our complete paper on "Elections in Afghanistan: What's at Stake for Women".
Dreamer to Achiever
In Egypt, it was not common for women to run or play sports in public. 2013 WE Lead Scholar Mariz Doss worked to change that perception.
WE Lead Graduation
The inaugural class of WE Lead scholars graduated from the 5-month program on March 21. WE Lead seeks to empower and equip women to become more effective leaders and to advance economic opportunity in their communities and countries.
Q&A with WE Lead Scholar Nadia Behboodi
Nadia Behboodi, a 2019 WE Lead Scholar from Afghanistan, is CEO of the Afghan Women’s Organization for Research, Learning, and Development. She volunteers with Seeds of Change, a network of professional women and men standing for female leadership at all levels, and manages Afghanistan’s first circle of the Lean In network, which promotes female empowerment.