The lives of Afghan women

Afghan girl stands among widows clad in burqas during cash for work project by humanitarian organisation CARE International in Kabul

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Amnesty is calling on Pres. Obama to spell out a plan to preserve the gains for women since the fall of the Taliban, which from 1996 to 2001 barred Afghan girls from schools and kept women from working and from leaving their homes unless they were accompanied by a male relative or spouse, denied them equal rights, and inflicted severe abuse if they did not follow Taliban laws.

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