Womens Rights in Afghanistan

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Women's rights in Afghanistan

Jules Thompson

Ashford University

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANT 101

Lecia Sims

May 02, 2010



Women's rights in Afghanistan

In the streets of Kabul today you can see something that eight years ago would have been illegal and punishable by death- -a woman's face. The attacks of 9/11 led to the eventual overthrow and collapse of the Taliban regime. During the Taliban rule, women's rights were non-existent. With the Taliban no longer in power these rights are slowly, but surely returning to the women of Afghanistan. To fully understand the repression that women suffered under the reign of the Taliban and the new found freedoms they are enjoying since the Taliban lost power, one must understand Afghanistan culture as well as the extremist beliefs of the Taliban.

Afghanistan is considered a mountainous desert, located in Southern Asia.

It borders numerous other countries including Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, China, and Uzbekistan. More than eighty percent of the population lives in rural, unimproved areas. Most of these citizens do not have running water or electricity. "An estimated two and a half million people are believed to be nomadic and move from place to place in accordance with the best grazing pastures for their animal herds" (Magnus & Naby, 1998, p. 2). There are very few developed cities in Afghanistan, Kabul being one and also the capital of the country. Prior to the invasion by the Soviet Union, the population of Kabul was estimated to be two-million people. Today, due to the thirty plus years of fighting, most centered around Kabul, the city's estimated population is just over nine-hundred thousand. It is also due to these three decades of fighting that led to the...