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How Afghanistan Looked Before Taliban Is Extremely Shocking!

Afghanistan was a far different country in 1960s. Last four decades totally changed the picture. If I ask you to think about the women in Afghanistan, you will probably end up imagining them in full-body burqas.

During last forty years, the country was occupied by communist Soviet troops, US-led international forces. It was ruled by militant groups and the Islamic Taliban. Women struggled a lot for freedom and rights during the Taliban time. The Taliban era in Afghanistan was all about a male dominant society. There was a total ban on women to work outside the house; they were not allowed to deal with male shopkeepers nor was any male doctor allowed to treat them. They were supposed to cover themselves with a long veil (commonly known as Burqa) and were banned to study at any educational institution. 

After removal of the Taliban regime from the major part of the country, Afghanistan got a new government that relaxed the policies related to women rights. Many schools opened their doors for women, and they even started to go to work. But, still a lot of women are abused and persecuted. There is much that has to be done for women rights in Afghanistan.

How Afghanistan Looked Before Taliban Is Extremely Shocking!

How Afghanistan Looked Before Taliban Is Extremely Shocking!

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Afghanistan in 1960s.

Afghanistan in 1960s.

It was not so long ago that women in Afghanistan were free to wear whatever they wanted to.

It was not so long ago that women in Afghanistan were free to wear whatever they wanted to.

Burqa was rarely seen during those times.

Burqa was rarely seen during those times.

Women were almost always seen in modern clothing.

In 1960s, women were given access to educational institutions and contributed a lot to the welfare of the society.

In 1960s, women were given access to educational institutions and contributed a lot to the welfare of the society.

Women and children roamed around freely during that time.

Women and children roamed around freely during that time.

They were not house arrested and took up fields like medicine and technology.

They were not house arrested and took up fields like medicine and technology.

A classroom at Kabul during 1960s.

The culture was vibrant and women never felt that they were trapped.

The culture was vibrant and women never felt that they were trapped.

They were not house arrested during those times and were allowed to pursue a career in the field of their choice.

They were not house arrested during those times and were allowed to pursue a career in the field of their choice.

In picture: Fashion designer Safia Tarzi.

During pre-Taliban days, most of them gained university level education.

During pre-Taliban days, most of them gained university level education.

Afghanistan fashion was even there on the cover page of the Vogue Magazine.

Afghanistan fashion was even there on the cover page of the Vogue Magazine.

Women worked with men and never faced domestic violence related issues.

Women worked with men and never faced domestic violence related issues.

During a college graduation ceremony in 1960s, it can be clearly seen that the number women and men were almost equal.

During a college graduation ceremony in 1960s, it can be clearly seen that the number women and men were almost equal.

They worked at factories and were given all the freedom they deserve.

They worked at factories and were given all the freedom they deserve.

They were motivated to finish their college education.

They were motivated to finish their college education.

Women in an interactive session during Pre-Taliban times.

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