Sept. 15, 2010, 12:47 p.m.
As part of it’s ongoing coverage of the upcoming election in Afghanistan, The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released an election update brief, which highlights observations form NDI’s observation mission in the country. The brief contains information on the challenges female candidates face despite having access to reserved seats. You can view the previous reports here, here, here and here.
About one third of female candidates interviewed have reported facing interference, intimidation or violence - from both male and female opponents - during the campaign, based on interviews with over 80 female candidates conducted by NDI in the past three weeks. Incidents range from verbal abuse and alleged tearing of campaign posters to physical violence, including from members of their families.