KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan civil society leader says hundreds of men marched through a central provincial capital to call for the reinstatement of their woman governor, who was reappointed last week.
Waqif Khudayaar, an organizer of the protest, said on Saturday men from across society and of all ages marched through Firuz Koh, capital of Ghor, calling for Seema Joyenda to be reinstated.
Joyenda was appointed governor of Ghor, one of Afghanistan’s poorest provinces, in June. On Thursday she was reappointed as deputy governor of Kabul province.
Joyenda, one of two women governors in Afghanistan, came under intense pressure from religious figures and local politicians, and received death threats — not unusual for women working in Afghanistan.
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Khudayaar says she effectively tackled corruption and inequality. Marchers carried banners saying “Enough With Corruption.”