‘It is time’: Afghanistan’s female candidates promise change

Hamza Mohamed for Al Jazeera writes:

Arabzai is among the 118 women candidates trying to secure one of the nine seats in the city reserved for women. Kabul has a total of 33 seats.

A record 417 female candidates are campaigning for a seat in the 250-member parliament.

The country’s constitution reserves 27 percent of the seats for women, making the Afghan parliament one of the most representative as far as women are concerned.

Arabzai and Karokhel say the reason why more women are now deciding to take part in politics is simple: to fight corruption.

“Women are less corrupt than men in our country. We are the first victims of corruption. More women in places of power means less corruption and more development,” Karokhel said.



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