Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?

PRIO Paper

Hedayat, Lida Nadery & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2014) Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?. PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

This PRIO paper provides background on education and empowerment of women for the Oslo Symposium on Women's Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, held in Oslo on 23 November 2014.

  • How important are cultural barriers to the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan, and how and by whom are they most effectively addressed?
  • What is the experience with gender-segregated education at various levels and in various types of institutions?
  • What are the major career bottlenecks in women’s professional lives – from one level of education to the next, from education to employment or business – and how are they best overcome?
  • How can female entrepreneurship most effectively be promoted in Afghanistan, and what is the division of labor between the government and other actors?
  • Which monitoring mechanisms will both safeguard the need for solid progress reporting and contribute to transparency and public debate?
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