Recent Progress of Women in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan: A Case Study of Kabul and Bishkek

Date: 13 March 2014
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Speaker: Laily Rahimi
Date: 13 March 2014, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.

Afghanistan has been politically unstable for almost four decades. During Taliban rule, women were deprived of an education and government or private sector employment. Under the current government, there has been some progress in the participation of women in different sectors. In comparison, women in Kyrgyzstan have held prominent public roles. Following the December 2007 election, women have served in political parties and in parliament and have held very high‑level government positions, including the President and different ministry positions, such as Minister of Finance and Minister of Education and Science. This presentation will discuss the status and daily life of women in Kabul. The presenter will compare the participation of women in public life in Bishkek and Kabul, with recent developments in sectors such as education, social service, politics and government, business and entrepreneurship, sports, media and households.

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Laily Rahimi is Head of Finance at the Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance. She has a Master’s degree in business administration from Bircham International University. She is currently a visiting Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Central Asia. Her research focuses on the empowerment of women.

The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.

This visiting fellowship is supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

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