A distant dream
The article ‘Struggling Female Parliamentarians’ discussed an important issue in the context of female representation in Afghanistan. Another somewhat similar issue that made headlines recently was the disqualification of a female presidential candidate in Afghanistan. Khadija Ghaznawi, the only female candidate who had signed up to run for the presidential elections to be held in April 2014, was disqualified by the country’s Independent Election Commission. Ghaznawi owns a logistics company in Afghanistan and is also a peace activist. She presented a very clear-cut agenda to end the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan: open factories and provide jobs to people. “The Taliban are sick of fighting. If we provide work and education to their kids, they will stop,” she reportedly said in an interview.
The IEC has given no reason or explanation for her disqualification. Although Ghaznawi is determined to fight her case, her disqualification seems strange considering that war lords and convicted criminals have allegedly been contesting the elections. In the presence of this kind of discrimination, the Afghan women can only dream of achieving their due rights.