How Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani Is Advancing Women’s Rights


Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, never appeared in public with his wife during his 10 years in office.

Since President Ashraf Ghani came to office two years ago, however, first lady, Rula Ghani,has repeatedly been seen breaking glass ceilings.

“I wanted to know what was happening, be in the midst of things,” she said to BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyce Doucet at the Women in the World London Forum on Thursday. “After two weeks at home, reading books and watching TV, I was getting extremely bored.”

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