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Brave : Two women want to become president in Afghanistan

Berlin All candidates know that the election campaign is already life-threatening. The Kabul Interior Ministry provides bodyguards to each of them. Atta and Fana are at the top of the Taliban's death list, however, because the holy warriors do not grant women any rights - especially no political ones.

Several politicians and women's rights activists have been murdered in the past. Atta therefore sees her candidacy as a demonstration of equality between men and women: "I am running because I want to strengthen the country's democratic values ​​enshrined in the constitution," argues the 47-year-old member of parliament.

Both women, however, refer to men in their programs. Atta names the former president Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan as her role model. In 1973 he overthrew the king - his own cousin - and was murdered in 1978 by communists loyal to the Soviet Union. Daud was a modernizer who also enforced women's rights, writes Atta on her website. At the same time, however, the ex-president also defended the dominance of the majority Pashtun people.

Competitor Frozan Fana, a 49-year-old doctor, states on her website that she wants to continue the work of her murdered husband. The former minister for air transport, Abdul Rahman, was killed in 2002 at Kabul airport by angry pilgrims from Mecca because they could not leave the country. "The best way to avenge a martyr is to carry your vision," writes Fana. However, this vision is not explained. Like almost all Afghan presidential candidates, it has set itself the general goal of promoting peace and security and protecting the country's national unity and sovereignty.

Former Interior Minister Ashraf Ghani, on the other hand, is targeting the votes of female voters - with a seven-point plan for women's rights. “Young women voters are an incredibly important group of voters, not only because they vote, but also because they are the future leaders of our country. Your participation will change our country, "Ghani is quoted by the Reuters agency. According to the United Nations, 38 percent of the 4.5 million Afghan voters are women. Ghani promises to create 300,000 jobs for women as president and to bring 40 Afghan women academics to the university as teachers.

Shahla Atta does not seem to be impressed. Afghan internet forums quote her as saying, “People tested men, but they got nothing. Why shouldn't they see what a woman can do now? "

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