Rula Ghani

The role of a ‘first lady’ in Afghanistan is fraught with historical baggage

The World Today Published 5 December 2014 Updated 19 February 2021 1 minute READ

When the newly elected Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, used his inaugural speech to thank his wife, Rula, for her support during the campaign, his words were greeted abroad as a revolution in the visibility of women in public life. In fact, Afghanistan has an almost century-old tradition of women’s empowerment, though that history may not make life easier for Rula Ghani.

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