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Peace with justice for the women of Afghanistan

March 04, 2009 | IRIN new window

As 8 March International Women's Day approaches, the Country Director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women in Afghanistan (UNIFEM), Wenny Kusuma, writes about the women of Afghanistan making their voices heard

The situation for women in Afghanistan is very mixed. There's a lot to point to institutionally in terms of what has been accomplished in the last five years. The National Action Plan for Women and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy contain specific provisions on gender equality. At the same time what we see on the ground in reality, especially in the regions which are marked by an increase in conflict, do not match the progress on paper, and the gap there is precisely where the challenges are...

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