Supporting women's movements in Afghanistan: challenges of activism in a fragile context

Publication date

09 Nov 2016


Grau, Bele

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A range of international development and humanitarian actors have aimed to support women’s rights in Afghanistan, from a variety of different policy perspectives. Support has tended to focus on government and state structures, but this top-down approach has had a very limited impact on the lives of women. Progress has been held up by a range of factors familiar in fragile contexts. This article draws on the perspectives of three organisations and a range of other activists, to explore how international actors can help to anchor and build on gains made so far. In particular, they need to work in partnership with Afghan women themselves and their movements. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.