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AFGHANISTAN: Women Lawmakers Battle Warlords

March 10, 2009 | Inter Press News new window By Anand Gopal

KABUL, Mar 9 (IPS) - Whenever lawmaker Fatima Nazari rose to speak, she says the parliament�s chair snubbed her. Whenever one of her female colleagues made a suggestion, it was brushed aside. Sometimes certain notorious warlords would speak multiple times before a female member of parliament (MP) could speak once.

So one month ago, Nazari, who represents Kabul province, and almost all other female Afghan MPs banded together and proposed a resolution, asking parliament�s leadership to stop the discrimination. It was ignored...

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