What went wrong for Afghanistan’s women? | Madeleine Bunting | Global development | guardian.co.uk
The security situation has become increasingly dangerous in the past few years. A recent attack on local staff employed by Oxfam, which led to three deaths, is believed to have been caused partly by the practice of employing women. Attacks on girls’ schools and women teachers continue.
“Those who work outside the house risk their lives every day,” says Zarghuna Kargar, an Afghan author and journalist, who presented the Afghan Woman’s Hour on the BBC World Service. “They face risks from their neighbours, their colleagues and strangers in the street. I don’t see any evidence of a cultural shift over the last 10 years. There are still strong roots to the traditions.”