Afghan women concerned about sexual favours allegations

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Afghan women listen as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani delivers his speech at the opening session of Loya Jerga (Grand Council), held to discuss peace process with the Taliban, in Kabul, Afghanistan 29 April 2019.

Afghan women concerned about sexual favours allegations


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An investigation into allegations that some members of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration have given out government posts in exchange for sexual favors, according to Jamshid Rasuli, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

The accusations were made by General Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former senior adviser to Ghani, who said “circles” inside the Afghan president were forcing women to perform sexual favors in exchange for coveted government jobs.

The allegations come at a time when Afghan women are concerned that the government’s ongoing talks with the Taliban will result in the loss of hard fought women’s rights in the conservative Muslim country.

Many Afghan women’s rights activists are worried that Ghani’s government may agree to the radical Islamist group’s demands concerning a woman’s right to bring up sexual assault charges against men.

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