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The Taliban's War on Women

A Health and Human Rights Crisis in Afghanistan

by Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD, Zohra Rasekh, MPH

August 1998

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The extent to which the Taliban regime has violated the human rights of Afghan women is unparalleled in recent history. This report contains compelling evidence of how a society in which women played a prominent role in the health professions, in government, and in teaching, has been replaced by one where to they are brutally beaten for walking on the street without a male chaperon. Such discrimination and the suffering it causes constitute an affront to the dignity and worth of Afghan women and humanity as a whole.

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