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Lana Lusco
9/28/2011 18:53:53

Lana Lusco
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In understanding the treatment of women in Afghanistan, it is important to understand the perspectives of individual women that have lived in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban.

The stories of women in Unveiled: Voices of Women in Afghanistan by Harriet Logan provides many opportunities for researches to become more familiar with individual stories that span different ages of women and their stories about being a woman in Afghanistan. The author focuses on the treatment of women before the Taliban regime and in doing so, she points out the hardships that women and their children had to adjust to once the Taliban became controlling.

In Behind the Burqa; Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom by Sulima and Hala and Batya Swift Yasgur address the injustice presented to women and the oppression they suffer by sharing their stories. Two sisters who are far apart in age share the differences between how they were oppressed based on their gender. The sisters eventually came to the U.S. and tell how women in Afghanistan are oppressed by their fathers, brothers, and husbands. While many people assume that people who are Islamic are all very similar, there are different perspectives by people who are different yet who still practice the same religion. The sisters in this book show this as they have different views on their religion and how it affects their life.

Ultimately, women in Afghanistan before the Taliban did not have as many oppressing limitations on them. Before the Taliban regime made their views laws, women could express themselves in their clothes and even in having certain jobs. During and after the Taliban, women became very oppressed and were not allowed to wear anything but very conservative clothes and had to cover their faces and stop being independent women who contributed to their country by working and being in positions of authority.

Just because women became oppressed during the Taliban regime doesn’t mean they stopped contributing to their country though. In Veiled threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan by Sally Armstrong, there is information that shows how women still contributed even though they were experiencing severe oppression. Here, there is information that shows how women just found different ways to contribute to their cause while still not getting in trouble by the Taliban.

One of the biggest challenges is that women in Afghanistan have had to change how they live so much because of different powers that are in charge of the country. To understand how the changes that are currently affecting women the book, Women in Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today by Rosemarie Skaine is helpful in teaching the struggle that women have had in past oppressions and the struggle to adjust to different politics all the time.
In general, women have limited work and education opportunities and and have to obey the men in their life. More facts can be found at:

Sources Cited:

Armstrong, S. (2003). Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of The Women of Afghanistan.
Canada: Penguin.

Logan, H. (2002). Unveiled: Voices of Women in Afghanistan. New York, NY: Harper Publishers.

Skaine, R. (2008). Women in Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers.

Yasgur, B. (2002). Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom. Wiley, John and Sons, Incorporated.


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