Canadians as Global Citizens

March 2005
Herizons;Spring2005 Supplement, Vol. 18, p1
This article reports that Afghanistan was once a land described as a trekkers' paradise, world-renowned for its residents' hospitality and its rich culture and history. In urban centers, more than 70 percent of teachers, 40 percent of doctors and 50 percent of government workers were women. By 1996, war had torn apart the social fabric in Afghanistan, allowing the extremist Taliban regime to take control of the country. Under Taliban rule, Afghanistan became a human rights catastrophe. Women were banned from school and work, denied access to health care, and confined to their homes unless accompanied by a close male relative. It is opined that securing basic rights for Afghan women will require much long-term support both from within Afghanistan and from the international community.


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