Women in Afghanistan didn't use to be allowed to work or even gain an education under the former Taliban regime. Now they are being encouraged to take up posts in the police force - though many challenges face them there, too.
For decades, powerful warlords and tribal elders have dominated Afghanistan's political landscape. But a record number of young Afghans are aiming to break their monopoly in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Although the Taliban appear to currently have the upper hand in Afghanistan, Col. Knut Peters, a spokesperson for NATO in Kabul, told DW that the mission has seen success and that upcoming elections are a positive sign.
The sweeping reshuffle has seen women take up key posts including Minister of National Defense. The move is in line with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reformist agenda, but it has drawn mixed public reaction.
The Afghan government is tasked with organizing a parliamentary election at a time when the Taliban are at their strongest since 2001. Electoral irregularities and power brokering also complicate a fair voting process.
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