Robina Jalali is running as an independent candidate in the 2010 Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. She stresses that equal rights for men and women remain only words in her country and do not reflect the reality on the ground. Unusual for Afghani women, Jalali is single, seeing marriage as an impediment to her career goals. If she is successful in her bid for a parliamentary seat, Jalali aims to promote athletics across the country, particularly in schools.
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