Women of Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today

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For the women of Afghanistan, remarkable milestones have been achieved since the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban rule in 2001. The gender order has gone through several changes in just a few years, and those changes have brought a wealth of new opportunities and roles for women living and working in Afghanistan. Whereas Afghan women had been largely confined to their homes and prohibited from actively participating in society under the Taliban, these women are now re-entering the workforce, and are employed in education, government, private businesses, or working their own farmland alongside their husbands.
This book examines the roles of women in Afghanistan within the context of change and tradition. It describes and analyzes the success of women in the workforce, and evaluates how success has come in a nation that struggles to overcome years of poverty, corruption, regional power struggles, 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 chronic or transient 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437924
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sociologist Rosemarie Skaine lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has also written Women Political Leaders in Africa (2008), Female Suicide Bombers (2006), Female Genital Mutilation (2005), The Cuban Family (2004), Paternity and American Law (2003), The Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban (2002), Women College Basketball Coaches (2001), Women at War (1999) and Power and Gender (1996), all from McFarland.

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Table of Contents

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

Bibliography 173

Index 185

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