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Afghanistan: Women still under threat

Many continue to wear the Burqa for personal safety.
Afghan women continue to fear physical violence and insecurity even after the end of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Sexual violence by armed factions and public harassment tied to repressive Taliban-era edicts continue to restrict women in their movement, expression and dress, Human Rights Watch said in a new briefing paper released today. "Taking Cover: Women in Post-Taliban Afghanistan," documents cases of attacks and threats against women that include rape and other acts of sexual violence and their effect on women's participation in civil society.