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The lives of Afghan women

2012-10-10 09:55:15 GMT2012-10-10 17:55:15(Beijing Time)

A woman holds her child as she waits in line to receive aid donated by the Turkish government in Kabul March 5, 2012. REUTERS

A woman carries a sack on her head along a street on a snowy day in Kabul February 11, 2012. REUTERS

Afghan women wait for their turn to get registered at a voter registration centre in Kabul July 13, 2010. Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections on September 18. REUTERS

An Afghan girl who was tortured for months after refusing prostitution lies on a hospital bed in Kabul December 31, 2011. Sahar Gul, 15, was brutally tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet by her husband's family for months after she refused to become a prostitute, officials said on Saturday. She was in critical condition when she was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province last week, and doctors said her recovery could take weeks. REUTERS

Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008. The Taliban, which does not permit women to attend school, attacked Shamsia two days ago as she was on her way to class with 15 other schoolgirls, according to police. REUTERS

An international group is calling on U.S. President Obama to spell out a plan to preserve the gains for women since the fall of the Taliban, which from 1996 to 2001 barred Afghan girls from schools and kept women from working and from leaving their homes unless they were accompanied by a male relative or spouse, denied them equal rights, and inflicted severe abuse if they did not follow Taliban laws.


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