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Afghan women call for equal right with men

2009-08-01 13:35 BJT

Special Report: Afghan presidential election |

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Presidential elections in Afghanistan are on course to be held on August 20th. It's an historic event for the country as two women are running for president for the first time.

Afghan women leave after attending an election rally of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Parwan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 26, 2009. Afghans will head to the polls on Aug. 20 to elect new president.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan women leave after attending an election rally of Afghan 
presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Parwan province, north 
of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

One of the candidates is Shahla Ata. She faces an uphill struggle because -- in addition to facing other candidates -- she's also attempting to change minds in a conservative society.

As armed guards kept watch, Shahla Ata addressed an attentive crowd in Kabul earlier in the week, hoping to win their support.

Shahla Ata, Afghan Presidential Candidate, said, "As a woman candidate I told you, I am challenging with the men, 40 men. They have money, I don't have money. I am challenging because all people are behind me. They all, poor people, is behind me. The women, the children, young generation, everybody. That's a big challenge."