This is a victory for Afghan women who have been fighting for better enforcement of laws that make violence against women a crime – including rape, domestic assault, honor killings, child marriage, and baad, the practice of resolving disputes by giving away one’s daughters.
Women’s rights were one of the topics of discussion on February 4, 2014 when five of Afghanistan’s presidential candidates met for the first televised debate. Here's what they said.
Several candidates have expressed strong, positive attitudes towards protecting women's rights.
"Our tireless advocacy for the last few weeks paid off."
"We want justice and respect for women."
"It is a travesty this is happening. It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women."
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.