Twelve-year-old Farishta peers outside the dilapidated warehouse where she and her returnee family have lived for eight years. © UNHCR / J. Tanner 2011

Women in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan have achieved significant human rights gains since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. But right now we need to stand alongside women’s rights advocates against the threat of losing these hard-won rights.

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Afghan women pose with their voter identification cards at a registration center in Ghazni province on 27 March 2014 © AFP PHOTO / Rahmatullah Alizada

Is 2014 a make-or-break year for Afghan women?

While there have been some gains made since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001, life for women and girls in Afghanistan, particularly in rural areas, is still hard.

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