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Women In Afghanistan. By Sarah Moseley, Gabby D’Angelo , Ashley Rynar , Mayling Fossi , and Kalyn Winn. Women’s Apparel. Burqa Pants (tumbaan) Overdress (parahaan) Headcovering (chaadar) Footwear (payzaar). The Burqa. Originated as an Islamic custom.

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Women in afghanistan

Women In Afghanistan

By Sarah Moseley, Gabby D’Angelo, Ashley Rynar, MaylingFossi, and Kalyn Winn.

Women s apparel
Women’s Apparel

  • Burqa

  • Pants (tumbaan)

  • Overdress (parahaan)

  • Headcovering (chaadar)

  • Footwear (payzaar)

The burqa
The Burqa

  • Originated as an Islamic custom.

  • The Qur’an states that women and men must dress modestly.

  • At first it was a personal choice to wear a burqa.

  • During the reign of the Taliban however, it was the law that women had to wear a burqa in public. (1996 – 2001)

  • Now women do not have to wear a burqa as part of the law, but some do as a form of safety or personal choice.

  • Creates a feeling of suffocation for women.

Women before the taliban
Women Before the Taliban

  • High maternal and child mortality.

  • Women helped to draft the 1964 Constitution.

  • In the 1970’s there were 3 women legislatures in Parliament.

  • During the 1980’s, the female adult literacy rate was only 8%.

  • Up to the early 1990’s, women were teachers, government workers, doctors, professors, lawyers, judges, journalists, and poets.

Women under the taliban
Women Under the Taliban

  • Forced out of their jobs.

  • Had to wear clothing from head to toe.

  • Couldn’t leave the house without a male escort.

  • Couldn’t seek medical attention from a male doctor.

  • 54% of girls under 18 years of age were forced to marry (most to men in the Taliban).

  • Increased number of abductions, rape, and prostitution caused by Taliban fighters.

Women today
Women Today

  • Under the Constitution, men and women are now equal.

  • Only 5% of women can read and write.

  • Still forced into marriages and denied basic education.

  • Only about 15% of births are attended to by trained health workers.

  • An estimated 15,000 Afghan women die each year due to pregnancy related causes.

  • Women are starting to work their way back into Parliament, but there is talk of current negotiations between the Taliban and the current Afghan government.


  • “Aisha, 18, was dragged from her home by the Taliban after running away from her husband. Despite her pleas that her in-laws had been abusive, that they had treated her like a slave, that she had no choice but to escape, a Taliban commander said she must be punished, lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. Aisha's family members carried out the punishment: her brother-in-law held her down while her husband sliced off her ears and nose, then left her to die. She is now hidden in a secret women's shelter, where she was taken after receiving care from U.S. forces.”

    –Time Magazine (August 9, 2010)


  • http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2007161_2170316,00.html

  • http://www.un.org/events/women/2002/sit.htm

  • http://www.afghan-web.com/woman/

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Afghanistan#The_Burqa

  • http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2007238,00.html

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqa#Origin