Lessons from Gender-focused International Aid in Post-Conflict Afghanistan…Learned?

Authored by: Lina Abirafeh

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Afghanistan
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2005
Citation: Abirafeh, Lina. Lessons from Gender-focused International Aid in Post-Conflict Afghanistan...Learned? Bonn: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2005.

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Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women have been the focus of much international attention and the cornerstone of the largest gender-focused aid intervention. Yet today, many people in Afghanistan believe that there is less funding for women and for gender programs than there was three years ago “because we think we have solved the problem,” a senior gender advisor stated. The following themes will be addressed in this report: the continued politicization of women’s rights; neglect of men in gender programming; perceptions of ‘gender’ as a negative term and an external construct; and lessons that have not been learned.