Women of Afghanistan in the Post-Taliban Era

How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today


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About the Book

This book examines the changing roles of Afghani women in the aftermath of the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime in 2001. It describes the success of women in the workforce, and evaluates how their achievements have come about in a nation that struggles to overcome years of poverty, corruption, regional conflicts, and the overwhelming destruction of war.
The book also covers the unique health challenges faced by women and families living in Afghanistan, focusing on recent developments in maternal and reproductive health care, the lingering problems associated with food shortages, and the improved availability of local emergency services and basic health care. Finally, the work evaluates the impact of the 2005 resurgence of the Taliban on women and girls.

About the Author(s)

The late Rosemarie Skaine was a sociologist and lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her writing interests included families and women’s issues.

Bibliographic Details

Rosemarie Skaine

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, tables, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3792-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1

1. History and Background      5
2. War, Islam and Politics      31
3. The Larger Context: Afghan Society, Islam and Family      57
4. Education and Employment      75
5. Health      101
6. Voices and Images of Afghan People by Rosemarie Skaine and Lina Abirafeh      123
7. The Future      151

Acronyms and Glossary      155
Chapter Notes      157
Bibliography      173
Index      185

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Recommended”—Choice