A fghanistan 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.