Afghanistan gets first ever female Supreme Court judge

While announcing a plan to implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, on protecting women during conflict and ensuring representation, he vowed to empower women and mentioned the appointment of the first female Supreme Court judge.

In April, lawmakers approved four female nominees for cabinet positions.

Anisa Rasouli’s nomination had been delayed by opposition from conservatives, according to AFP.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday introduced minister-designate for Defense, Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai to Wolesi Jirga or the Lower House of parliament for approval.

Ashraf Ghani during an address to the gathering of women rights activists and civil society members expressed his happiness for appointing first ever female as a judge of Supreme Court, adding that he felt proud for the move. “We do have full support of the Ulema (Islamic scholars) for it”, he added. “Misogyny still prevails in our new generation and often times the most educated happen to be the most misogynist, which needs a thorough discussion and fundamental change”. They have already appointed two female governors for the provinces of Ghor and Daikundi in a move hailed by rights campaigners.

He also said on Tuesday he wanted all ministries to appoint female deputy ministers.

In March an Afghan woman was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a copy of holy Qur’an, triggering protests around the country and drawing global attention.


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