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.
Women were almost always seen in modern clothing.
A classroom at Kabul during 1960s.
In picture: Fashion designer Safia Tarzi.
Women in an interactive session during Pre-Taliban times.