The „Liberation” of Women in Afghanistan

Latife Güzal, Kashifah Ashraf & Sama Sadat

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Afghanistan is a country that has a long history of various wars and conflicts, both caused at a national and international level. The 11th September 2001, the United States of America was the victim for terrorist attacks, conducted by Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda are allies with Taliban, therefore their base was placed in Afghanistan. Short time after the terrorist attacks conducted towards the U.S., former President George Bush declared a war on terror, not only because of self-defence but also to free Afghanistan from the fundamental regime. The attention on Afghanistan was increased by the world society after the invasion was announced. One of the main goals during the invasion in Afghanistan has been the Afghan women’s right. Both, former, President George Bush and his wife Laura Bush articulated in several statements the “oppression” of the Afghan women under the power of Taliban. In this project we will investigate how this issue was articulated by the Bush administration and if the women’s rights, as the Bush administration advocates them, are compatible with the cultural view on women in Afghanistan. This interest has led us to the following problem formulation: How has the Bush administration articulated Afghan women and women's rights, and is this articulation compatible with the gender relations and cultural view on women and women’s rights in Afghanistan? The collection of empirical data consist of both primary, consisting of interviews, speeches etc., and secondary data, consisting of books, studies etc. on this specific field. Furthermore, we analyzed the collected data through applying the theories of applying the theories of universalism versus cultural relativism, and gender and cultural essentialism.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2013
VejledereLone Riisgaard


  • Women
  • Women's Rights
  • cultural relatisvm
  • essentialsm
  • Afghan
  • universalism