Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Women's Rights in Afghanistan

According to RFE-RL, Afghanistan's Chief Justice has ruled that women cannot travel for more than three days without a husband or male relative, and can't leave the country at all without one. This strikes me as far more serious than the hijab requirement with which the article leads. The ruling, in addition to the obvious hassles and discrimination it entails, will leave many women trapped in abusive situations simply because they can't physically leave them without violating the law. Overall, however, women's condition in Afghanistan seems improved from what is was under the Taliban.


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