Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion

Newsfeed from Afghanistan: A woman sets herself on fire in protest to a forced marriage to a man three times her age; a six-year-old girl is given as repayment for her father’s gambling debt; a daughter is killed by her family because her brother raped her. Many women are not allowed to ever leave the house; others are jailed for the un-codified crime of running away. Few women can read, and every thirty minutes one of them dies in childbirth. The stories are as gruelling as they are abundant. With the world’s eyes on Afghanistan and billions in aid pumped into the country, why are Afghan women still suffering?

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