Change-makers: how a new generation of Afghan women are inspiring others to action

Sunday 11 October was International Day of the Girl. This year’s focus is on Adolescent girls. Despite the MDG targets to achieve universal primary education and eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015, according to Afghanistan’s most

AREU Director’s remarks on the Solutions Strategy for Afghanistan Refugees

AREU’s director, Mr. Nader Nadery, recently attended the 66th annual meeting of Executive Committee of the United Nation’s High Commissioner’s Program for Refugees and delivered the following speech at a side event on the Solutions Strategy for Afghanistan Refugees. Ministers,

Our condolences on the tragic loss of Paula Kantor

Dear friends and colleagues, It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Paula Kantor, a previous director of AREU from 2008 to 2010, during the attack at the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday night.

Leaving the “uncomfortable” home: Afghan unaccompanied children on the move

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Research and empirical data has shown that children undertaking unaccompanied journeys abroad are extremely vulnerable to dangers and violations of their human rights. They can be victims of kidnapping, sexual abuse, discrimination, forced labor, and many other life threatening risks.

Ten Years of Afghan Constitution: Why Dialogue is Important

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The constitution of Afghanistan has been hailed as one of the most important achievements of the last ten years. It has been often reiterated that any possible change in the political sphere in the country should not compromise values enshrined

Constitutional Implications of a National Unity Government

Last Sunday the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah entered into a historic agreement to form a National Unity Government (NUG). This piece examines the constitutional implications relating to key features of the Agreement.  The Agreement builds on

Revealing the Woes in the Status of Women in Afghanistan on the Fore and on the Periphery: The Significance of the Transition Narratives

Months before the actual day of the Afghan Election for 2014 and even when the campaign period officially began, stress and worries over the status of women in Afghanistan before, during, and after transition were conveyed everywhere in the country.

Don’t underestimate the power of blue fingers

Hopes of democracy increased when people enormously participated in 2014 presidential election. The process was almost peaceful and security was tight. Slap of people on face of armed opposition. The election process was completely Afghanize. Who will win it is

How to Save the Afghan Election

The unseen role of women in Afghan Communities: A Journey through Jalalabad

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Women in Afghan communities play a very important role in social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the life but this role is often unseen or not considering very important because women rarely appear in public spheres. In Afghan communities