Abubakar Siddique and Qadir Habib – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – Wednesday, 26 June 2013 (originally published 24 Jun)
The book on the war in Afghanistan is not yet closed, but already there are attempts to erase one of the post-Taliban era’s most celebrated successes.
The participation of women in Afghanistan’s political process, a right that was restored and protected in the country’s new constitution and electoral law, has come under attack just as its government takes a bigger role in its own affairs.
Afghanistan’s House of Elders, the upper house of parliament, is currently debating a revised electoral law whose draft text omits passages that set aside 25 percent of seats on provincial and district councils for women . . .