Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Women's Role in the Afghan Election

Here's what I've been saying about the Afghan elections, reported by WorldChanging: Filling the Political Vacuum: Women's Role in the Afghan Election:

Many women are campaigning not just because of these quotas; they are running for office because 'female candidates offer an alternative to the blood-stained hands of the country's warlords and druglords,' says Jo Johnson in the Financial Times. With about 10% of the male candidates being implicated in war crimes and corruption -- about 500 in total -- Afghani people are just fed up with these leaders and want better options.
We will see if they get these new and better options, or if the powerful men with guns continue to dominate.

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