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Afghan women arrive for the Bagram women's shura, April 27. Members of 832nd Engineers Company, attached to 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, and the Women's Empowerment Team of the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team III conducted a women's shura and a separate men's shura in Bagram, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Courtney Ropp, 55th Combat Camera)

No Justice for Rape Victims in Afghanistan

A woman’s thwarted quest for honor and justice.


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Afghanistan’s Pedagogy of the Invisible

If we want to change gender roles in Afghanistan, a good place to start is with the textbooks.


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Memories of a Childhood Interrupted in Afghanistan

A dispatch writer reflects on her brief childhood in Kabul before civil war befell the country.


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image: International Womens Day at Nili, Day Kundi Providence, Afghanistan. Over 3000 women attended the rally. Speakers talked about the origin of Womens Day, plays, singing and positive speaches were given for all attending. Gifts and certificates were given out to many of the outstanding performers. This was the largest showing of support of women around the local areas to date. The newest publication magazine, Women of Dai Kundi was given out to all the women. (U.S. Air force photo by TSgt Carmen A. Cheney-Combined Joint Special Task Force Afghanistan, Combat Camera Center)

A Tenth Grade Girl in Afghanistan is Murdered

Anisa was killed for going to school. She was killed for vaccinating children. And she was killed for working outside her home.


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The Side of Afghanistan You Don’t Hear About

A surprisingly robust strain of civic activism is taking hold among youth in Afghanistan.


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What A Booming Cosmetic Surgery Industry in Kabul Says About Standards of Beauty in Afghanistan

A new film highlights a growing cosemtic surgery industry in Afghanistan, but fails to discuss larger questions of racial and ethnic hierarchical standards of beauty.


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