Afghanistan: Uphill Challenges for Women’s Political Rights
This chapter focusses on the key parameters of women’s suffrage as well as women’s experiences as national parliamentarians since the beginning of the 2001 international intervention in Afghanistan. Afghan women’s trajectory of suffrage and political participation has been and remains a dangerous one that is marked by precarious gains in an extremely volatile sociocultural and political context. Fleschenberg argues that the fluidity of rules, fragile-cum-contested, hybrid institutions, decades of public silencing, marginalisation or outright misogynist systemic exclusion along with high levels of sociocultural and intense conflicts have resulted in women’s low political participation. Gender has been and continues to be one key site of ideological contestation and sociocultural cleavages among key power holders.
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