Posts By Najla Ayubi

In The News

What to Look for Ahead of Election Runoff in Afghanistan

April 30, 2014

Over the weekend, a clearer picture of the results of Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election emerged, with preliminary results showing Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the front-runner. With 45 percent of the vote, this will not be enough to avoid a runoff…

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Notes from the Field

Without Representation, Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Risk Being Negotiated Away

March 9, 2011

The Asia Foundation 2010 Survey of the Afghan People found that 83 percent of respondents approve of the government’s efforts at negotiation and reconciliation with armed anti-government elements; 44 per cent of all respondents were women.

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Women’s Biggest Problems in Afghanistan

January 27, 2010

“I operate daily under extremely dangerous situations in the south and southwest regions of Afghanistan, especially in Helmand Province. While there, I am expected to be completely covered in a Burqa and am advised to not carry a women’s style handbag or laptop bag. My phone should be off so that it is never heard […]

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Notes from the Field

From Afghanistan, Some Good News

July 22, 2009

These days, few good news stories reach the international and Afghan press. The process of re-building a nation’s infrastructure, its government systems – and the physical and emotional strength of a fragile citizenry – can be incremental and painfully slow. In Afghanistan, citizens complain about the lack of government services, lack of leadership, and widespread […]

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Status of Women in Afghanistan

January 21, 2009

Historically, Afghan women have always been marginalised and accorded subordinate status. The position of women in the family and society has been shaped by many factors and there are strong cultural and historical roots of gender discrimination. Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic and traditional society that has been governed along tribal lines and by a weak […]

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