This PRIO paper provides background on women's rights and political representation for the Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, held in Oslo on 23 November 2014.
- How can female political participation and representation best be enhanced, in the next parliamentary elections and beyond?
- What are the most important strategic issues related to gender equity, assuming that popular resonance and effective polit-ical alliances (including with male constituencies) are re-quirements for success?
- Are cases of prosecution of violence against women best undertaken through specialized entitites or through reform of the entire justice system?
- What is the political space for reform in family legislation, and which reforms (marriage, divorce, custody or inheritance) would be most important for the status of Afghan women?