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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 01:29

Male faith leaders are the key to gender equality - Suraya Sadeed of Help the Afghan Children

In Afghanistan, physical and emotional abuse of Afghan women and girls has existed for centuries and is ingrained in the country’s culture of impunity. However, it wasn’t until the oppressive Taliban regime, when the world became aware of the plight of women and girls in the country. In 2002, after the overthrow of the Taliban and establishment of the new Afghan government, international organizations and women advocate groups came up with a variety of initiatives to address this issue, hoping to prevent violence against women and girls in Afghanistan while empowering women politically and economically. But, the majority of these programmes were ineffective and had little success in reducing violence, let alone preventing it.

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