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Women Studies December 14, 2007 Imagine living as a woman in Afghanistan before the falling of the Taliban in 2001. As a woman, you were forced to quit your job and wear a burka that completely covered your entire body. Women were below men, young girls were forced to marry old men, and women were not allowed to work away from home. A young girl would be beaten for hours by her unemployed husband because she refused to work as a prostitute to earn money. Girls were traded like currency, forced into marriage, and even used to settle blood feuds. As a woman in Afghanistan, you would have been banned from work, school, or even leaving home without being accompanied by a male relative. Today, women are stepping out of the silence that had plagued them for so long. Women are making great strides to gain rights, but they still face many problems on the path to freedom and equality. When the Taliban fell in 2001 ending this drastic treatment of women, Afghanistan’s new government vowed to improve the lives of women. Women may have been given their rights back, but they have not been allowed to use them.
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