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Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture

posted on March 4, 2015

In The New York Times, Alissa J. Rubin describes the inequality, oppression, and stigma experienced by policewomen in Afghanistan. Often sexually harassed and coerced by colleagues and supervisors, Afghan policewomen are also threatened with violence and shame for violating community standards of morality by working. “The plight of women under the Taliban captured the Western imagination, and their liberation became a rallying cry,” Rubin writes, continuing: “Now, as Western troops and money flow out of Afghanistan, the question is just how much the encounter with the West and its values has really changed the country, and whether any of the foreign ideas about the status of women took hold.”

Read at The New York Times