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Afghanistan's only female governor


In Afghanistan, despite the end of years of Taliban rule, there is still only one female governor.

Dr Habiba Sarobi has been in charge of Bamiyan province since 2005.

In that time she has received death threats and faced violent opposition in what is still very much a man’s world.

“The first female governor, it’s a challenge for security,” she said. “You know, I can be a good target for extremism. They will be happy if they can target me.”

She used to be the minister for women’s affairs. But Dr Sarobi said in a country like hers it remains difficult for women to attain positions of influence in the decision-making process or even to have their voices heard at all.

Women in Afghanistan, she said, have to prove themselves.

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