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Development: Non-Governmental Organizations: Afghanistan
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There has been a proliferation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan since 2001. These organizations have grown exponentially in the process of Afghan reconstruction since 2002, many with the understanding that support for women's issues was the only way to access funding.

The first Institute of Afghan Women was created in 1946 by Queen Homira, wife of Zahir Shah (r. 1933–73). Throughout Afghan history, there have been several periods where strong pushes for women's rights have led to violent backlashes. The state-spon…

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Abirafeh, Lina, “Development: Non-Governmental Organizations: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0222a>
First published online: 2009

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