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Woman, war, and the politics of emancipation in Afghanistan

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posted on 2022-05-04, 08:00 authored by Afzal AshrafAfzal Ashraf, Caroline Kennedy-PipeCaroline Kennedy-Pipe

During the twenty years of war in Afghanistan much attention was focussed on the issue of female human rights. The emancipation of women from the rule and legacies of the Taliban was a core objective of Western states. This article traces the resistance within communities and regions to these liberal endeavours and highlights the challenges of imposing rather than embedding values. We note that the Afghan state has always struggled to provide basic human rights for its population, especially for its women. Until those needs are addressed, full emancipation through education and representation of women in society is unlikely. As a case study the country provides an understanding of feminism from a female Afghan perspective as well as an opportunity to explore the human rights context for women generally. Hence, we explain how this war allowed females in Western military forces to operate with greater gender equality on the frontline. Further research has the potential to reveal useful lessons in how female emancipation may be facilitated through an improved understanding of cultural contexts and an appreciation of how basic human rights such as the right to life and security are a prerequisite for female emancipation.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

LSE Public Policy Review

Volume

2

Issue

3

Pages

1-11

Publisher

LSE Press

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by LSE Press under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-03-11

Publication date

2022-05-02

Copyright date

2022

eISSN

2633-4046

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Caroline Kennedy-Pipe. Deposit date: 17 March 2022

Article number

7

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