"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.