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RFE/RL Reports: What Does An Independent Afghanistan Mean For Its Women?

Afghanistan marks 94 years of independence from Britain on August 19, but as foreign military forces prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of 2014, Afghanistan remains marred by violence that threatens its stability and progress toward greater pluralism. Women, especially, face routine violence, repressive laws, and exclusion from the public sphere.

RFE/RL and Radio Azadi, reporting throughout Afghanistan, tell these women’s stories with insight on the issues that affect their lives. Here are some of the most compelling stories so far this year.

# INTERVIEW with journalist and author Anna Badkhen: "The Lives Of Afghan Women Can And Must Be Improved"

# VIDEO: Afghans Rally For Women’s Rights

# Honor-Killing Case Raises Fears For Women's Rights In Afghanistan

# Afghan Religious Leader Approves Of Restrictive Edict On Women

# Trailblazing Afghan Female MP Forced To Take Shelter

# Protections For Women Under Threat In Afghanistan

# VIDEO: Afghan Teen Braves Threats To Appear On TV Talent Show

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