July 31, 2013

Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process

Selah Hennessy | Voice of America | July 30, 2013 | LONDON — Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.

But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

While CEDAW chief Nicole Ameline has received assurances of Afghan officials that women’s rights will be upheld after international troops depart in 18 months, the U.N.'s most recent gender-inequality index indicates the status of women in Afghanistan remains among the worst in the world.

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