Change is slow in Afghan society


For all of the progress Afghanistan has made in the past decade, there still remains an unwillingness to fully embrace real change across all areas of society. The case of Gulnaz, an Afghan woman, however, underlines the need for real and meaningful reforms. Gulnaz was jailed for adultery after being raped, then pardoned and set free. But now her brothers are threatening to kill her and, with nowhere else to turn, faces the prospect of having to marry her attacker — her cousin’s husband. During its reign, the Taliban fostered a society where the rights of women did not exist — they were but mere chattels of their husbands, property of their family, to be uneducated and treated as…

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