Much too much to post. So here are the highlights and links!
Joining the exodus from warlordism to democratic politics
To maintain the momentum in this area, the Afghan government has recently launched an extensive three-month consultation process between its ministries and numerous Non Government Organizations. The National Plan of Action for the Women of Afghanistan, as it’s officially called, aims to develop further strategies for protecting women’s rights in the new Afghanistan
Meanwhile, on a different level, another first for the women of Afghanistan: “Twelve girls from the southwestern province of Helmand are preparing to launch an all girls Kung Fu Twa team in the provinces.” Fighting women kicking men’s butts? Afghanistan has sure come a long way in three and a half years since the fall of the Taliban
The United Nations is beginning the next phase of the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to Afghanistan, under which 400,000 refugees are expected to return over the next twelve months.
You can also read this story of an Afghan family, one among one million Afghans, returning home after 25 years in Iran.
The UNICEF is also providing considerable assistance across the board:
“As more than 4 million Afghan children prepare to return to school from next week after a particularly harsh winter, the United Nations Children’s (UNICEF) has been helping the Ministry of Education to provide basic classroom stationery and materials to schools nationwide.”Although the difficult weather delayed distribution of some materials en route from Pakistan and classroom kits destined for northern provinces, tens of thousands of student kits have been prepared for more than 2 million children, containing materials such as exercise books, pens, pencils and other stationery. Full distribution to an estimated 4.3 million children is expected to be completed by mid-April.”
Kabul is also getting a new high-tech school.
In related news, “the University of Washington School of Law has been awarded a $2 million State Department grant to establish a graduate programme for Afghan lawyers. The grant will pay for a three-year project aimed at helping rebuild Afghanistan’s legal system. Under the programme, Afghan lawyers will spend a year in Seattle to learn about the US legal system either as visiting scholars or masters of laws candidates.”
The Afghan government is also getting on the act to improve the country’s justice system:
There’s also some high-tech help from India.
The University of Loma Linda, in Southern California will soon be taking over the management of one of Kabul’s major hospitals.
There are also great success stories in the development of free Afghan media:
A new magazine “Paktika” has been launched in this remote province which has no access to radio and TV.
And a chess tournament will be taking place in Kabul next month to select the national team for the next Olympics
The Associated Press paints this picture of Afghanistan more than three years after the liberation.
There is more help for Afghan small businesses which is likely to fuel the recovery over the long term.
THE COALITION TROOPS: In addition to performing their security duties, the Coalition forces throughout Afghanistan are also heavily involved in rebuilding the country. One Provincial Reconstruction Team is combining economic and cultural assistance.
Capt. Simon Schaefer of the Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team is seeing progress.
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