Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2024

Document Type

Thesis (Master's)

Department or Program

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Daniel Lucey

Second Advisor

Nancy Fraser

Third Advisor

Donald Pease


As an Afghan woman who lived through decades of conflict, experienced motherhood, and advocated for women’s rights, I have witnessed firsthand the profound impact of war on reproductive health. Despite the significance of this issue, there exists a dearth of essential data and research, particularly in the context of armed conflict. Drawing from my academic background in the health sector and my activism for women’s rights, my thesis aims to fill this gap by examining how war has shaped Afghan women’s reproductive health needs and experiences between 1980 and 2023.

This research explores the evolving socio-political landscape of the country across different regimes, considering the impact of social, religious, and political shifts on women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare services. Using qualitative data analysis including in- depth interviews, the research delves into the physiological and psychological effects of war on Afghan women’s reproductive health. My aim is to investigate the challenges faced by women in accessing healthcare, including prenatal, maternal, and family planning services amidst prolonged conflict during different regimes.

By providing a comprehensive analysis of this intersection, the research seeks to inform policy decisions, healthcare practices, and humanitarian efforts aimed at improving reproductive health outcomes for Afghan women. Through the insights generated, the goal is to develop targeted interventions and policies that address the unique needs of Afghan women, ultimately fostering sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan. It is my hope that this research will contribute to the well-being and resilience of Afghan women and the nation as a whole, as we strive for a more peaceful and prosperous future.

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