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Women's Unions and National Organizations: Afghanistan
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Women's organizations in Afghanistan have been profoundly affected by power struggles surrounding government-sponsored modernization projects expressed through liberal or leftist discourses, and resistance to such social upheaval expressed through Islamist discourses, both resulting in coercively undemocratic practices. Women's organizations have moved toward and away from state institutional affiliation according to regime changes and the changing orientations of leading activists.

The Anjuman-i Ḥimāyat-i Niswān (Association for the Protection of Women…

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Kia, Mana, “Women's Unions and National Organizations: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0153a>
First published online: 2009



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