Afghan politician Shukria Barekzai fears for the loss of hard-won women's rights, as U.S. led combat mission ends. Jennifer Davis reports.
An investigation into the November 16 suicide bomb attack on Afghanistan's celebrated female parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai has led nowhere and the tireless campaigner for women's rights says it is just one sign of the dangers facing women in her country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SHUKRIA BAREKZAI SAYING: "Being a woman in politics it is not really easy. You need to work three times more than a man to prove yourself as a politician and take all the risk." Her concerns are intensifying now that there has been a formal end to the international combat mission in Afghanistan. The U.S. led coalition that invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban put in plac e legal safeguards for women - some of which have already been rolled back. AFGHAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SHUKRIA BAREKZAI SAYING: "The extremist groups don't want women. We don't like them as well. For them, the biggest enemy is women. So they want to put us in a small box but they should know our voice will break that box and we will come out." Barakzai has campaigned against the practice of Afghan men marrying multiple wives and stresses the need for long-term investment in education to help women seriously compete for jobs. She has also been widely talked about as a candidate to join the new president's government.