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Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"We are living in a society where political despotism, social and economic injustice, unbalanced culture and education and cultural and identity authoritarianism prevail."

Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I only fear instability and insecurity. I fear that the insecurity may lead the political powers to strike some kind of bargain that trades away women's rights. It would be a tragedy for women to lose their legal status and rights in this political game."

Aziz Deldar: 'My Greatest Fear Is a Day When I May Not Be Able to Express What I Think'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The courts should be one of the important sources for women to rely on in this country. Unfortunately, the courts are very corrupt and are permeated by a strongly misogynist attitude, which seeks to use gaps in the law to punish women."

Sonia Iqbal: 'We Have Not Planned for Economic Recession, But It Is Sitting on Our Doorstep'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"International statistics indicate that we will have around 400,000 to 500,000 unemployed people after the withdrawal of the international forces and a fall in foreign aid."

Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar: 'We Will Return to the Dark Days of the Past If We Are Not Careful'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters were forced out of education under the Taliban. We were forced to migrate to Pakistan and my family had to weave carpets with me to make a living. It was a hard work that we had to do in awful, unhealthy underground workshops."

Hasina Safi: 'One New Phenomenon Is the Men Who Believe in Women and Their Power'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The traditional society is one of the biggest deterrent factors. Even educated members of society attempt to prevent women from working outside the home. Another factor is the extensive level of illiteracy, and general lack of skills, amongst women."

Rafi Behroozian: 'I Strongly Support the Media Revolution'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our society is not an intellectually independent one. It has not taken decisions for itself; others have always decided on its behalf. But nonetheless, I believe that the young generation of today will not be prepared to accept such a dark and evil scenario."

Professor Seifuddin Sayhoun: 'It Was a Woman Who Decided My Fate'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is the extent to which people are disappointed and disenchanted with the present situation."

Torpikai Nawabi: 'Popular Uprisings Against the Taliban prove that the people Do Not Want Them to Rule Afghanistan Anymore'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that we may return to the pre-1992 dark days with the impending withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan."

Ahmad Fahim Hakim: 'Peace Talks With the Taliban Lack Red Lines, Clear Policy, and Transparency'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The real question is: When we talk about reconciliation, are we talking about real political compromises? Or is it about negotiations and reconciliation for the survival and interests of the ruling establishment?"

Saeed Haqiqi: 'There Is a Fear in the Air of 2014'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The best development has been the growth of a democratic political atmosphere. We now have the elections, human rights laws and standards, democratic structures, civil society and institutions that can manifest a democratic rule."

Mary Nabard Ayeen: 'Women's Rights Must Not Be Sacrificed in a Peace Deal With the Taliban'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Women want to uproot illiteracy, have a self-sufficient economy, and see the consolidation of women's struggles into a solid social movement."

Mir Mohammad Yaqub Mashuf: 'The Government's Actions for Women Are Empty and Symbolic'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is the fear for my own life. In this country, you cannot live two minutes without fearing suicide bombings and explosions."

Momina Yari: 'I Am Most Worried About the Lack of Security'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"In some educational institutions, women make up 50 percent of the student population. We have never had so many female students."

Seraj ul-Haq Fazl: "Educated Afghans will prevent a repetition of the past"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seraj ul-Haq Fazl is a judicial adviser to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. He studied at the Islamic Azad University in Iran and obtained a BA from t...

Why Being Called 'Woman' Isn't a Bad Thing

Ashley McDonald | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Ashley McDonald

One time, I asked my mom if the fact that my dad called her "woman" bothered her. "No," she replied. "Why would it? I am a woman, after all."

Sayed Ishaq Gailani: 'Our Only Demand Is Attention to Education'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I worry about the outcome of the 2014 elections. I fear that we might witness a completely flawed election, wracked with rigging and fraud."

Sarvar Hosseini: 'Renovating the Education System Is a Great Achievement'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"One of the demands is social and political participation by women. Women want to actively and effectively participate in all fields and deem it as their right to do so. Women also seek their civil rights, for example, the right to choose their spouse, the right to education and the right to property."

Fakhera Mousavi: 'The Afghan Woman Rests in the Coma of her Predecessors'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Educated women demand justice and equality at all levels of society. They demand a justice-based approach to the basic laws in force in Afghanistan. Above all, the new generation of women demand gender justice and the eradication of discrimination at all levels of society."

Mohammad Afsar Rahbin: 'Drugs Threaten the Entire Nation-building Process'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters are studying medicine and they wish to write poetry. My wish is that they achieve what they aspire for and will be able to treat the sick people in our country."

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."