The Afghan parliament rejected more than half of President Karzai's cabinet nominees, including two women, late last week. Rejected nominees also included known warlords, including Ismail Khan. A third woman nominee, Amina Afzali, was confirmed as work and social affairs minister.
Sima Samar, who leads Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, had previously told Reuters, "I hope that men in Afghanistan will show that all the allegations that they are against women's rights in their country can be removed and they would take action and vote for these women."
Parliamentarian Mohammad Ali Sitigh told Morning Star Online that two women who were rejected were well-qualified and that "unfortunately, we have some lawmakers who, even if they see a woman who is very active, talented and well-educated, still can't vote for a woman."
According to the BBC, 17 of 24 nominees Karzai submitted two weeks ago were rejected. In the most recent vote 10 of 17 nominees were rejected.
Media Resources: Morning Star Online 1/17/10; BBC 1/16/10; Reuters 1/12/10
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .