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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Psychological Impacts of War

Psychological Impacts of War

Human Rights and Mental Health

(p.229) Chapter 15 Psychological Impacts of War
Land of the Unconquerable

Nahid Aziz

University of California Press

This chapter addresses the tragic degeneration of women's mental health, a consequence of chronic human rights violations. The process of addressing the mental health of the Afghans, particularly women, has been extremely slow. There is a chronic lack of funding to support mental health activities, including the training of competent mental health professionals. The occurrence of mental health problems among Afghan women is linked with chronic and repeated violations of their human rights. The long history of oppression, gender inequality, and violence of Afghan women's is provided. Mental health is explicitly named as a priority by the Afghan government, specifically in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. It is argued that depression becomes a major part of women's identity as it involves culturally ordained sadness and low self-esteem. The reconstruction efforts in mental health are then given.

Keywords:   mental health, human rights, Afghan women, oppression, gender inequality, violence, Afghan government, National Development Strategy, depression

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