Aug. 18, 2010, 10:33 a.m.
Recent gains by the Taliban in Afghanistan has led to increased concern over the future status of women in the region. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has released a brief, which highlights key issues that must be resolved to ensure Afghan women’s continued political participation in the September parliamentary elections. The brief notes that while some progress has been made, women still face institutional hurdles that prevent their full participation. Such examples include lack of resources for female candidates, and lack of female poll workers. The brief recommends a stronger commitment from key actors that extends beyond the electoral cycle.