Candidates for Afghanistan's upcoming April election kicked off their presidential campaigns on Sunday.
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, a 50-year-old mother of five, this week became the first women to be appointed police chief in Afghanistan.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014.
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement that will help determine the role of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan post-2014.
The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014.
Of the presidential candidates, one is a woman, Khadija Ghaznawi. Each presidential candidate is running with two vice presidents, at least seven of whom are women.
Dr. Sima Samar is head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
Themed "Social Media for Social Good," the summit brought together over 200 activists, entrepreneurs, NGOs, and government officials from across the country to discuss social activism, entrepreneurship, governance, transparency, and the upcoming April elections.
Several experts have warned that the release of Taliban prisoners could lead to further insecurity and violence.
Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a senior female police officer in Afghanistan.
"I urge an extra effort by the President and his Government to ensure that the human rights gains of the past 12 years are not sacrificed to political expediency during the last few months before the election."
A new campaign in Afghanistan urges women to vote - specifically, for candidates that support their rights and equality.
"The United States applauds the progress Afghan women and girls have made over the past 10 years. We will continue to stand with and work closely with Afghan women."
Afghan and Pakistani officials intend for the release of Baradar to advance peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban.
Afghan Lieutenant Negar, the most senior female police officer in Afghanistan, died early Monday morning, one day after being shot by unidentified gunmen.
95 percent of all suicides in Afghanistan are committed by women and girls.
Female judges currently face many obstacles to doing their work, including threats to their security and social stigma.
Sushmita Banerjee, 49, wrote a popular memoir in 1995 about her life as the wife of an Afghan man in Kabul while the Taliban ruled.
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections.