Rula commends increasing awareness among women
In an interview published in the New York Times on Thursday, Rula Ghani regretted the killing of a young woman by a mob bang in the middle of Kabul.
In December 2015, Farkhunda Malikzada was beaten to death by a crowd after she was falsely accused by a cleric of burning the Holy Quran.
While calling her death “extremely unfortunate”,the first lady noted the incident had triggered an angry protest from determined women.
In a rare assertion of their role, Kabul’s women carried the victim’s coffin and laid her to rest with their own hands, refusing to let men do the job.
“Traditionally, women don’t even go to the cemetery. They really showed their determination,” Rula said, adding the women had started asking imamsabout Islamic teachingon the treatment of women.
She praised her husband President Ghani for appointing four women as ministers and two others as governors. Sixty-seven women are part of the parliament.
Over the past 18 months, she claimed, Afghanistan had made a lot of progress, especially in terms of infrastructure development. “Afghanistan is not as bad as the press makes it (seem).”
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