Title: Women's Leadership Roles in Afghanistan
Author: Aarya Nijat and Jennifer Murtazashvili
Institution: United States Institute for Peace
Publication Date: September, 2015
Keywords: women, gender sensitivity
This paper focuses on the current situation for women in Leadership positions in Afghanistan and offers suggestions for how Government, business, civil society and donors can increase the significance (i.e. not tokenistic) and numbers of women in positions of national significance. The paper also highlights the difference between women in leadership positions in urban areas, which tend to be donor-dependent, and the lack of women in those positions in rural areas. The paper was based primarily on interviews and discussions with Afghans in a range of different sectors, from academia to business.
Finally, the paper highlights how any approach taken needs greater interdependence between civil society and the Afghan Government and how important it is that they are also gender-inclusive, as it found that men tend to be dis-engaged from this subject matter.