Interviews: New political visions of Afghanistan

Interviews: New political visions of Afghanistan

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Rahe-Madanyat (Civilization Way Weekly) is a non- partisan and independent weekly magazine established in 2012 by a group of young talented journalist, writers and university lecturers in Afghanistan. The magazine aims to promote rule of law, citizen’s rights, civilized values and social relations and concentrates on gender equality and social acceptance of women. Rahe Madanyat has been working with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung since mid 2012 and has become well known throughout Afghanistan for the project of publishing portraits of women and their role in strengthening peace and security in Afghanistan.

Since January 2014, Rahe Madanyat is conducting a series of bi weekly interviews to portrait young political leaders. These young female and male actors speak about their political vision for Afghanistan beyond 2014 and describe how they will play a crucial role in development of the country, especially in the field of democratization, peace and security. Goal of the project is to encourage the young leaders to define their interests, experiences and strategies for the future of Afghanistan and to share their ideas with the readership. It is hoped that the portraits will encourage other young persons to think about their own political interests and to take the decision of taking an active role as citizens of Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond.

The total of 24 interviews will be widely disseminated in Afghanistan to government administrations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and other media. The Farsi version of the portraits will also be available electronically at www.rahemadanyat.com and in English on www.af.boell.org. This web dossier will publish English and German translations of the interviews regularly until December 2014.

“It's not enough to simply be young.”

Zahir Athari was born in Daikundi province. After his village was devastated by the civil war he left his birthplace. He studied journalism and works with Afghan refugees in Norway. He spoke to us about the biggest challenge facing politics in Afghanistan.

“Women are more interested in modern politics”

Humaira Saqeeb was born in Kabul in 1982, during her school years she was a refugee. Today she is editor-in-chief of the "Women News Agency" and member of the “Women Political Participation Committee”. We talked to her about the ongoing violence against women in Afghanistan.

“We’re still a far cry from being safe”

Duniya Mohsini is a university lecturer. She has been teaching for the last 12 years and is much liked by her students. Currently, she is doing a Ph.D. course in literature at a university in Tajikistan. She has been a frequent contributor to Rah-e Madaniyat Daily.

 

“Girls and women must be part of a democracy”

Simia Ramish is a civil rights activist and journalist. As a candidate in the Herat provincial council election she aims to play an active role in politics. In this interview she explains her goals and wishes for Afghanistan.

Dossier: Afghanistan‘s Transition in the Making

2014 is viewed as one of the most important years since the Afghan transition process began, over a decade ago. Western troops are being drawn down and more importantly, the first presidential and provincial elections autonomously organised within the country, will present a further important step within the political transition process. This dossier provides analyses, profiles, interviews, as well as studies that will shed light on the events of what is an important year for Afghanistan.

Interviews

Interviews: New political visions of Afghanistan

Rahe-Madanyat (Civilization Way Weekly) is a non- partisan and independent weekly magazine established in 2012 by a group of young talented journalist, writers and university lecturers in Afghanistan. Since January 2014, Rahe Madanyat is conducting a series of weekly interviews to portrait young political leaders. This web dossier will publish English and German translations of the interviews regularly until December 2014.

Publications

Policy Brief: Afghanistan's Parliament in the Making

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After more than a decade of an international intervention and close to the proclaimed second post-2014 transition phase, women's political participation remains precarious and volatile in Afghanistan despite inroads made. Women activists and lawmakers demand due diligence for promises made, inroads built, spaces carved out and steps to be taken to ensure a more peaceful post-2014 Afghanistan.

Afghan Women Vision 2024

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On March 8th, 2014 the Afghan Women's Network (AWN) in Kabul and in all 34 provinces has launched the "Women Vision 2024" paper. The paper has been developed through consultation meetings of leading women rights activists and has been consulted with women in all 34 provinces of the country.