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This book examines the changing roles of Afghani women in the aftermath of the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime in 2001. It describes the success of women in the workforce, and evaluates how their achievements have come about in a nation that struggles to overcome years of poverty, corruption, regional conflicts, and the overwhelming destruction of war.
The book also covers the unique health challenges faced by women and families living in Afghanistan, focusing on recent developments in maternal and reproductive health care, the lingering problems associated with food shortages, and the improved availability of local emergency services and basic health care. Finally, the work evaluates the impact of the 2005 resurgence of the Taliban on women and girls.
1 History and background 5
2 War, Islam and politics 31
3 The larger context : Afghan society, Islam and family 57
4 Education and employment 75
5 Health 101
6 Voices and images of Afghan people Rosemarie Skaine Skaine, Rosemarie Lina Abirafeh Abirafeh, Lina 123
7 The future 151
Acronyms and glossary 155
Chapter notes 157