Challenging the status quo

Maybe it's just me but it seems that President Hamid Karzai doesn't get the respect he deserves from the international press. He has proven himself worthy of maintaining a permanent place on the pages of the world's newspapers yet we rarely hear about him or the groundbreaking work he is accomplishing.

Woman to rule Afghan province

President Hamid Karzai is preparing to appoint Afghanistan's first female provincial governor, his spokesman said yesterday, in another step towards reviving women's rights trampled by the former hardline Taliban government.

An all-female shortlist including the former women's minister Habiba Sarobi has been drawn up for the governorship of central Bamiyan province, presidential spokesman Jawed Ludin said, though no decision has been taken.

"One of those ladies will be the governor of Bamiyan," Mr Ludin said at a news conference. "If a woman is able to do the job, the law says we can appoint her."

Ms Sarobi said she had discussed the position with Mr Karzai after rejecting his suggestion that she become an Afghan ambassador abroad.

"I want to be inside the country at the service of my people," she said.

too right! It's hard to believe that just a few short years ago in Afghanistan a woman could be beaten for making noise when she walked.

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