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Rada Akbar

Updated: Jul 27, 2021




Fatima is a 4th grade student. She was born and raised in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Kabul. She spends unlimited hours on domestic works. She is tasked to do household chores everyday. Caring for other family members, including other children is imposed on her as her duty. “Quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers that confront the world’s 1.1 billion girls,” said UNICEF Chief of Data and Analytics Attila Hancioglu.


"Photographer Rada Akbar's striking self-portraits are a declaration of her independence and heritage -- but in Afghanistan that comes at a deadly risk..."

High profile women including media workers, judges and activists are among the more than 180 people who have been assassinated since September -- violence the US and Afghan governments blame on the Taliban."

What is the future of Afghan Women looks like? For nearly two decades, women in Afghanistan have played an active part in social and political life by holding political office, working in professions and running businesses. There is a big question about how the social landscape, and women's role will shift under the regime of the Taliban. Fear and uncertainty spill over the nation, and for a good reason. One of the main negotiating topics with the Taliban is the role of women in the country.

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