Profiles in Perseverance: The Rise and Fall of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
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by Dr. Nina Ansary
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Abridged speech by Dr. Nina Ansary for the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) speaker series commemorating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge – 21st March 2024. It was August 15, 2021. Businesswoman Sediqa Mushtaq was engrossed in her work as Director of the Farabi Health Institute, one of the largest private health institutions in Afghanistan. Sediqa took great pride in being named one of the ten most accomplished women in Afghanistan. She took even more pride in the diffe ..read more
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Woman. Life. Freedom. Power, Oppression, Resilience and Hope in Iran
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by Dr. Nina Ansary
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Abridged speech by Dr. Nina Ansary for the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) speaker series commemorating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge –15th March 2024 I was born in pre-revolution Iran during a relatively liberal period when women were given a myriad of rights and opportunities and achieved the highest levels of emancipation in the Middle East. I left Iran with my family at the cusp of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and have not returned since. As a young girl living in ..read more
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Women Shouldering the Cost of War: Pre-empting a Gender-Based Violence Crisis in Sudan
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by Tugela Pepin
5M ago
Sudan has been plagued by persistent political instability and multiple military coups in recent years, with recent decades of enduring political instability further exasperated by the ousting of President Omar Al-Bashir in the popular uprisings of 2019[i] [ii]. In December 2022, after years of power struggle, Sudanese military forces signed a power-sharing agreement with civilian political elites, seemingly facilitating a transition toward a civilian government[iii]. In April 2023, however, Sudan was once again plunged into unrest as fighting broke out between rival military factions: the ..read more
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‘Files from Exile’ Interview Series with Female Leaders from Afghanistan
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by Manara Magazine Editorial Team
5M ago
Interviews, Women's Leadership Initiative ‘Files from Exile’ Interview Series with Female Leaders from Afghanistan Interviews Files from Exile: MP Farzana Elham Kochai on Women, Inequality and Politics in Afghanistan Tugela Pepin 10 May 2023 Interviews Files From Exile: Pashtana Dorani on LEARN, Digital Literacy and Girls’ Education in Afghanistan Tugela Pepin 10 May 2023 Interviews Files from Exile: Qazi (Judge) Marzia Babakarkhail on Women and Justice in Afghanistan Tugela Pepin 27 April 2023 As a part of the Forum’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, we conducted ‘Files ..read more
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Files from Exile: MP Farzana Elham Kochai on Women, Inequality and Politics in Afghanistan
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by Tugela Pepin
5M ago
Women and Politics in Afghanistan Starting with the codification of women’s right to vote in the 1920s by Emir Amanullah Khan[i], and the institutionalisation of equal rights for women in the 1964 Afghan constitution[ii], various heads of state[iii] have attempted to introduce the notion of gender equality into the political and social systems in Afghanistan at different points in recent history. However, the question of women’s role in society has proven a highly politicised and volatile topic in Afghanistan[iv]. As a result, the pendulum of politics would swing forcefully back into a peri ..read more
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Files From Exile: Pashtana Dorani on LEARN, Digital Literacy and Girls’ Education in Afghanistan
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by Tugela Pepin
5M ago
The matter of women and girls’ rights to education and their historical exclusion from educational spaces, particularly in reference to the Taliban, has proven perhaps the most prominent point of discussion for Western commentary on Afghanistan[i] [ii] [iii]. Since the Taliban takeover in 2021, women and girls have been systematically removed from education after two decades of educational freedom facilitated by the democratic republic[iv]. Despite the recent crackdown on female education, the courageous women of Afghanistan remain persistent in their quest to continue their education. Pash ..read more
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Women’s Freedom in Iraq: A Conversation With Yanar Mohammed
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by Anna Romandash
5M ago
Twenty years on, Iraq still struggles with the consequences of the US-led war[i]. Recently, as sectarian violence and extremism have risen in the country, women’s rights have experienced a major push backwards. Despite the challenges, women’s groups and NGOs continue their fight for equality and human rights. One such initiative is the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq[ii]. Led by Yanar Mohammed, a well-known Iraqi feminist, the organisation runs one of the country’s few existing shelters for women, assists those exposed to human trafficking and domestic violence, and carries out soci ..read more
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Files from Exile: Qazi (Judge) Marzia Babakarkhail on Women and Justice in Afghanistan
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by Tugela Pepin
5M ago
In 2021, after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan[i], the Taliban regained control of the country within 10 days.[ii] Today, the women in Afghanistan endure the most recent phase of a decades-long war waged against them by the Taliban regime. Often discussed yet rarely consulted, Afghan women have proven powerful and resilient in the face of oppression. In the hopes of shedding light on the realities of life for Afghan women, I sat down for a discussion with exiled Judge (Qazi) Marzia Babakarkhail, who fled Afghanistan under the previous Taliban regime. As one of only 22 femal ..read more
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