Statistics showing rising numbers of female officials do not tell the whole story.
By Mina Habib
Maliha (not her real name) works in the press office of an Afghan government ministry. She told IWPR that although one of her responsibilities was to issue invitations to press conferences and briefings, her boss simply did not allow her the authority to do her job.
Increased fighting and an ongoing economic downturn are leaving many at risk of serious health problems.
By Mohammad Ibrahim Spesalai
Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance.
Groundbreaking project showcases women’s achievements in a male-dominated industry.
By Salma Rasad
The ruins of Kabul’s once grand Darulaman Palace, devastated by decades of war, have long been an iconic sight in the capital. An ambitious Afghan-led 16 million US dollar reconstruction project agreed in May 2016 aims to both restore the palace built by King Amanullah Khan in the 1920s and turn it into a symbol of regeneration rather than conflict.
Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight
A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional experts warn that any future outbreak of violence is likely to be even deadlier.
More than a dozen civilians living on the frontline were killed and many more injured after fighting broke out between in the early hours of April 2, 2016.
(See also Frontline Residents Count Cost of War.
Underage workers routinely endure hot, dusty and dangerous conditions.
By Yaqub Azorda
Shir Ahmad, 12, spends all day working in the pitch darkness of a coalmine in the Dara-e Suf district of northern Samangan province.
His face black with dust, he said he spent his time loading a donkey with coal to then transport to the surface.
The work was dangerous, Ahmad explained, continuing, "Once a big piece of coal fell on my head and I was in bed for ten days."