The Political Gender Gap in Afghanistan

Lynne L. Manganaro, Nicholas Alozie

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Women’s empowerment has become a salient issue in nation building in recent times. The need to secure basic human rights may well be at the core of the attention, but development experts appear to have recognized the core role of women in family and community well-being in developing countries and are beginning to tout the importance of women’s empowerment in all the aspects of development policies as reflected in the European Union’s Millennium Development Goals. This study explores political gender differences in Afghanistan, a Muslim country of extensive gender differentiation. The gender disparities we observe are not what one might have expected. Men outperform women only in those specific areas where the prohibitive structural and social limitations placed on women by the larger Afghan society would predict. We contend that these gaps would attenuate as Afghanistan’s nascent democracy deepens and extends more freedoms to Afghan women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-310
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015


  • Afghanistan
  • Muslim women
  • democratization
  • gender gap
  • political gender gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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