Afghan Woman Runs for President Despite Death Threats
Massouda Jalal, an Afghan woman who is one of the 18 candidates for President in Afghanistan, is determined to defeat President Karzai in the first post-Taliban elections that are scheduled to take place in October. According to Eurasianet, the Religious Order Department of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court has tried to declare her candidacy as un-Islamic and illegal twice. Jalal has also reported that she has received death threats for running for President and has been a target of intimidation.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Jalal not only has support from Afghan women, but from men who see her as a voice who stands up against religious extremism. Under the Taliban, Jalal worked as a doctor and ran an underground school for girls.
Jalal represented her district as a delegate to the emergency Loya Jirga two years ago and ran for president of the interim government. Laughed at and threatened, Jalal gained respect when she won the vote of 171 delegates. Karzai was elected interim president with 1,295 votes.
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. . . .