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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Arts
Title Shifting Perspectives: Changing Policies Promoting Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/20503/Wafeq_oregon_0171N_11590.pdf?sequ​ence=1&isAllowed=y
In this thesis, I attempt to identify major obstacles that are challenging the
implementation of international human rights treaties in Afghanistan. With a focus on the
treaties that promote women’s rights and prevent violence against women in a postconflict
situation. There are several obstacles including lack of rule of law and the
existence of customary practices in Afghanistan. Despite these challenges, there are
national legislations and policies that promote women’s rights and empowerment in
Afghanistan. However, for women’s empowerment, it is not sufficient to have supportive
laws and policies, but there is need for a systematic transformation of patriarchal
structures by conducting a thorough gender analysis and ensuring gender mainstreaming.
The Afghan government, as part of its commitment to the international community, has
to take measures for removing obstacles and ensuring the implementation of human
rights treaties in order to pave the way for women’s empowerment in Afghanistan.

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