Abdullah noted that Afghan women had a remarkable improvement after the Taliban regime, but it is still not enough.
“Afghan women are in the High Peace Council, Ministries and other institutions and it shows that they had a great improvement than the past. It is not enough and more steps should be taken for the women capacity building,” CE said.
For five years under the Taliban’s Islamist regime, women were banned from education and work. Since the Taliban fell in 2001, women’s rights have significantly improved.
But in southern and eastern provinces women are often governed by very traditional practices. In rural communities wives are strong figureheads in their households, but it is still taboo for women and girls to go to school or work.
Forced marriage, often of young girls, is still common in some rural areas where traditional and religious ways of settling disputes are still practiced where the government is weak.
CE Abdullah emphasized that no development process will be made without the gender equality in Afghanistan.
“The National Unity Government supports women rights. Women had 40 percent role in the previous elections and we believe that the percentage will become more in the upcoming elections,” he added.
More than hundreds of programs affecting women have been implemented since the previous government was put into power following the invasion and ousting of the Taliban.
The constitution reserves many seats for women; access to education has improved drastically, and many women are now working outside the home. At least in Kabul.