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By Elaheh Rostami-Povey

This booklet seems at how Afghan ladies have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, either in the kingdom and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the U.S. and the united kingdom. masking subject matters from the Taliban and the effect of Sep 11 to the position of NGOs and the expansion of the opium economic climate, Rostami-Povey will get in the back of the media hype and offers a colourful and various photo of those women's lives. the way forward for women's rights in Afghanistan, she argues, relies not just on overcoming neighborhood male domination, but in addition on demanding imperial domination and opposing the becoming divide among the West and the Muslim international.

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By mid-2001 the Taliban controlled more than 90 per cent of Afghanistan and imposed their rules on the Afghan people. By this time they had managed to impose relative peace and security. They disarmed the once heavily armed population Two 24 and controlled opium production. ruf wa-al-nahy an almunkar (the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice) had a devastating impact on women’s mobility. It policed the Taliban’s gender policy, which was declared as a decree: Women, you should not step outside your residence.

Indeed, the war against the Soviet invasion had a devastating impact on the rural population and the economy. Cities were also destroyed. Millions were internally displaced and Resistance and struggle 21 millions took refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly Iran and Pakistan. With the collapse of the state, the aid community increasingly performed the role of a surrogate state, providing food, healthcare and education. 11 The country’s industrial base was, and still is, limited to small-scale production of textiles, soap, furniture, shoes, fertilizer, cement, hand-woven carpets, gas, oil, coal and copper.

In this way, they were able to survive financially. Ghamar’s husband was killed in the civil war. She had a daughter. She secretly taught more than 800 students in her home. Women in the neighbourhood paid her as much as they could to teach their children; without her, their daughters would have been illiterate. Shukria, who won a seat in the parliamentary elections in 2005, worked secretly under the Taliban. She described the impact of her organization: ‘We were twenty-three women working as teachers.

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