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  • Obstacle Lifted: Graduates of Police Academy to Pursue Higher Education Apr 10, 2017

    Afghanistan National Police Academy gained the status of a university. The Ministry of Interior has been running the academy for over 50 years, but its graduates couldn’t get their degrees attested. Now, the Afghan Higher Education Ministry, an official body to accredit educational degrees, has agreed to recognize all the academy’s four- year courses as bachelor degrees, after the academy fulfilled the higher education requirements for degree programmes.

  • Treatment for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis to Boost in Afghanistan Mar 27, 2017

    Tuberculosis is one of the major public health issues in Afghanistan. If TB is misdiagnosed and treated irregularly with antibiotics, it develops into multidrug resistant tuberculosis. This is a severe type of the disease that is highly contagious and poses a serious public health risk. Currently, there is only one hospital in Kabul that can treat this type of TB.

  • UNDP and Khurshid TV Tap into a Game Show to Mark Women’s Day Mar 22, 2017

    Khurshid, a leading Afghan entertainment TV channel, dedicated its famous Haft Ganj game show to marking Women’s Day. On the show, two young women were chosen to answer questions about prominent Afghan women figures, achievements women have had in the past 15 years and challenges they currently face in different walks of life.

  • Battles Lost and Won Mar 19, 2017

    Hung on the walls of Bhost restaurant in Kabul are portraits of 13 first ladies of Afghanistan. Right on top is the iconic picture of Queen Soraya in a sleeveless gown, wife of reformist King Amanullah, who was a vocal opponent of polygamy and veiling, and had started the country’s first school for girls in the 1920s. Below is a recent picture of Rula Ghani, wife of President Ashraf Ghani, an advocate for women’s rights in present-day Afghanistan. Since no one knows what she looks like, the wife of Mulla Omar, Taliban founder and the self-proclaimed emir between 1996 and 2001, is represented with the ubiquitous symbol of the regime’s oppression: the woman in a blue shuttlecock burqa.

  • UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day Mar 8, 2017

    06 March 2017 – Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

  • Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Feb 16, 2017

    Thank you all for coming here today. It is great to be back at SIPA, my alma mater. Thank you to Professor Stephen Noerper for organizing this lecture. I would like to talk about development as part of a solution to the challenges you are discussing, peace and security. While development is not a cure for all ills, it can address some of the root causes of instability and conflict.

  • Can You Dig It? UNDP Talks Mining and Human Development in Afghanistan Jan 25, 2017

    This year, UNDP’s Afghanistan Human Development Report focusses on how to make sure all Afghans benefit from the estimated US$1 trillion or more of mineral wealth lying underground. With declines likely in foreign aid over the coming years, the huge potential of the extractive industry is more important than ever. But investment is held back by instability, conflict, corruption, terrorism and lack of capacity.

  • Human Rights Day 2016 Dec 11, 2016

    Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights. Skidding down the snow-blanketed slopes of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, 18-year-old Hasani for years suffered hostility and abuse from passing men unaccustomed to unveiled women dressed in figure-hugging ski suits.

  • International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP Brought Youth to Restore Qargha Lake Dec 7, 2016

    For International Volunteer Day 2016, UNDP brought hundreds of young men and women together to restore Qargha Lake, one of Kabul’s most beautiful areas. Participants included sports champions, poets, civil society members, artists and cultural figures. Together they helped restore the environment and spread the spirit of volunteering.

  • Women Volleyball Tournament to Take Part in 16 Days of Activism to EVAW Dec 4, 2016

    The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Afghan Red Crescent Society organized a volleyball tournament for young women at Kabul University’s Gymnasium from Nov 29 – Dec 01, 2016 to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Five leading Kabul women teams competed to become volleyball champions during the contest. The tournament attracted around 400 spectators every day, mostly students from the university, as well as youth and civil society activists. The winning team received the Kabul Women Volleyball Cup of the Year on the last day of the tournament.