Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Lalah Sitez, Nudrat Raza, Pallavi Payal & Punah Sitez

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Power is the factor that structures the society based on domination. Thus this project is about power relations in terms of gender in the Afghan society that has led to violation of women’s rights and has influenced their mentality. This project emphasizes the situation of women in Afghanistan and their rights. The society of Afghanistan has quite a biased perception towards men and women; women are secondary to men in every aspect and due to this they have been suffering from all kinds of mental and physical torture. Therefore, the project answers the question, how do social norms in Afghanistan have an influence on the rights and mentality of women? The aim of this project is to find out how does the unwritten social laws (norms) have become so strong that it leads to the violence against women ultimately affects their mindset. In order to gather enough empirical material, along with secondary data from organizations and their project, primary data such as interviews with the victims and interviews with the experts in the particular field has been collected. With the help of the concept of symbolic violence and symbolic power by Bourdieu and Sociological Law theory by Eugene Ehrlich and the data collected, we arrived to the conclusion that the women in Afghan society suffer, both physically and psychologically, due to several reasons such as misinterpretation of Islam and constant symbolic violence that violates their basic human rights and affects their mentality and personality; and although there are laws present in the constitution which protect women against violence, they are not being implemented on effectively and efficiently.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 jun. 2012
VejledereAfosno Moreira


  • Women Rights
  • Violence Afghanistan