Politics of Policy and Legislation Affecting Women in Afghanistan: One Step Forward Two Steps Back

Central Asia, No.73. Winter 2013, pp. 1-24

24 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016

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Sarfraz Khan

University of Peshawar - Area Study Centre (Russia,China & Central Asia)

Samina

University of Peshawar

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This article attempts to chart and discuss policies and legislation affecting status of Afghan women, decreed or enunciated during various Afghan regimes prior to 9/11, 2001. Woman has been point of hot contention between warring segments of Afghan society, therefore, to understand underlying politics shaping policies and laws become imperative. We have arbitrarily subdivided Afghan regimes into the Royal, Republican, Democratic Republic, Mujahideen and Taliban. Afghan social and political life in general and gender relations, in particular, have been largely regulated by tribal customs and traditions, including Pukhtunwali. The article argues that development of policies and legislation concerning status of Afghan women has been paradoxical: in case of one step taken forward, two steps in retrogression followed, due to politics of Afghan central state authority, peripheral tribal resistance/autonomy, religion, external imperial and neighbouring regional forces.

Suggested Citation

Khan, Sarfraz and , Samina, Politics of Policy and Legislation Affecting Women in Afghanistan: One Step Forward Two Steps Back (2013). Central Asia, No.73. Winter 2013, pp. 1-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2765247

Sarfraz Khan (Contact Author)

University of Peshawar - Area Study Centre (Russia,China & Central Asia) ( email )

University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa 25120
Pakistan

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Samina

University of Peshawar

Quaid-E-Azam College of Commerce
Peshawar, PA Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa 25125
Pakistan

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