Neither of the two female nominees appointed by President Ashraf Ghani have been approved by parliament, though Najiba Ayubi, the nominated Minister for Women's Affairs, could yet be confirmed in the position if a dispute over the validity of her educational qualification is resolved.
Activists from the Afghan Women's Network protested against the lack of representation, chanting “Where are our rights?” as they marched through the center of Kabul.
The group also presented the government with a list of 21 eligible women candidates and demanded parliament support the nominations of female ministers who are eligible according to the Afghan constitution.
“If our due rights of representation in the cabinet are not granted we would launch a nationwide campaign asking women not to vote in future elections," said Hussaina Safi, an Afghan Women's Network activist.
According to official figures, more than a third of total votes cast in last year's presidential elections were by women, despite threats, security risks and a lack of facilities."
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