Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?

PRIO Paper

Hedayat, Lida Nadery & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2014) Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

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​​​​This PRIO paper provides bac​kground on education and empowerment of women for the Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan​, held in Oslo on 23 November 2014.​

  • ​​​​How important are cultural barriers to the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and how and by whom are they most effectively addressed?
  • What is the experience with gender-segregated education at various levels and in various types of institutions?
  • What are the major career bottlenecks in women’s professional lives – from one level of education to the next, from education to employment or business – and how are they best overcome?
  • How can female entrepreneurship most effectively be promoted in Afghanistan, and what is the division of labor between the government and other actors?
  • Which monitoring mechanisms will both safeguard the need for solid progress reporting and contribute to transparency and public debate?
Afghan Women’s Status: New PRIO Papers

​​​​​​In preparation for the Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, which takes place on Sunday 23 November, PRIO has prepared two new background Papers. PRIO Director Kristian Berg Harpviken and Lida Nadery has co-authored a paper on Education and Empowerment. Timor Sharan and Torunn Wimpelmann has jointly written a paper on Women’s Rights and Political Representation. Both papers look at the achievements in the post-Taliban era, examine challenges in the current transition, and define key questions for discussion at the Oslo symposium.

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