Despite being inundated by everyday prejudice and death threats, a record number of female candidates are running for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections next month. Amidst growing tensions in the capital of Kabul, fears of a repeat of last years catastrophic election are ripe, as women are struggling to campaign at all outside a few areas. In a desperate attempt for them to promote their positions from afar, the city has been plastered in posters of by the female candidates, however, it is rare to find one not defaced with slashes of bright red ink. Relatively speaking, Kabul is far more secure and liberal-minded than most other parts of Afghanistan, the capital attracting candidates from areas where people feel too threatened to stand. Candidate, Najila Angira says “the Taliban’s time is finished… we are making the new Afghanistan and they will never come back.” However, as far as the Taliban are concerned, Angira stands for almost everything a woman should not be and therefore faces a turbulent run as she hoards off death threats, struggling to make herself heard as September 18th, when voting is billed, fast approaches.
Afghanistan elections hold host to a record number of women standing for parliament despite everyday prejudice and Taliban death threats.
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