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The former first lady writes: “It is hard to find another country where women have made such substantial gains against such overwhelming odds in so short a time. In the United States, women won the right to vote in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1969 that nearly all of the elite Ivy League universities started admitting women. By 1961, only 20 women were serving in Congress. In the age of Twitter and Instagram, it can be hard to remember that real change takes time.

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International Women’s Day 2015: Afghan men wear burqas to campaign for women’s rights 

“A small group of Afghan men wearing sky-blue burqas marched through Kabul earlier today to draw attention to women’s rights in the country.

The group of roughly 20 men walked through the capital of Afghanistan to draw attention to the rights of women ahead of international Women’s Day on 8 March.

With muddy trainers just visible beneath the burqas, an item of clothing that became synonymous with oppressive Taliban rule in the 1990s, the march drew some attention from onlookers.

“What is the point of this?” Asked traffic policeman Javed Haidari, 24. “All of the women in my family wear burqas. I wouldn’t let them go out without one.”

But 29-year-old activist Basir, who goes by one name, claims the march – organised by a group called Afghan Peace Volunteers – takes women’s rights “to the streets.”

“One of the best ways to understand how women feel is to walk around and wear a burqa,” he claimed.

Other men on the march said that wearing the item of clothing, which covers individuals from head-to-foot with a small mesh ‘window’ over the face, felt “like a prison”.

They carried signs reading: “equality” and “Don’t tell women what to wear, you should cover your eyes,” a Reuters correspondent reported.

Human Rights Watch claim that many opponents of female rights are using waning international interest in the country to undo much of the progress made following the fall of the Taliban.“

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Nice work Afghan Peace Volunteers !

Afghan internal refugee children work at a traditional brick factory on the outskirts of Herat, Jan. 7, 2013.   In 2012 alone, spreading conflict in Afghanistan has forced more than 166,000 Afghans to flee their homes, bringing the total number of people internally displaced by conflict to at least 460,000 since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. Conditions for the displaced have fallen well below international standards, according to a 2012 study by the Norwegian Refugee council. 

AFGHANISTAN. Kabul province. Kabul. November 13, 2016. Maimuna, an internally displaced Afghan, poses for a photograph at a temporary shelter.

According to the Government Media and Information Center, 95,000 Afghan families have been displaced over the last two months. The Taliban have never been as powerful and held as much territory since 2001.

Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

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The Nasaji Bagrami camp for internally displaced Afghans sits on the outskirts of Kabul, a vast expanse of crumbling mud structures with tarps and tent sheets for roofs. These structures look like ruins from hundreds of years ago, but they’re actually only about five years old.

About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive conditions: litter is strewn about, children wander around barefoot in the cold, barely clothed, yet still smiling and playing with each other.

For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight

Photo Credit: David Gilkey/NPR

AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : Internally displaced Afghan women line up to receive food relief aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul on January 13, 2015. The UN says about 782,000 people have been displaced by decades of conflict in Afghanistan.More than 130,000 individuals were recorded as newly displaced in 2014, the last year of NATO’s combat mission against the Taliban. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai

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Unfortunate update on the location all these beautiful photos have taken place, by the photographer- Muhammed Muheisen. “Once upon a time there used to be a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan called locally the Afghan colony, which hosted internally displaced Pakistanis from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, recently this slum that I worked around for more than four years had been demolished by the authorities being built on illegal lands.

I will continue to post Muhammed’s photos from this slum.

AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : Internally displaced Afghan children look on beside the wall of a mud house in the outskirts of Kabul on November 22, 2014. Afghanistan’s economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of International assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah SHIRZADA