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Unveiled: Women of Aghanistan


Since the collapse of the Taliban regime in late 2001, the lives of millions of people in Afghanistan have changed. Unveiled attempts to explore how that pivotal moment in history has affected the daily experiences of Afghan women and aims to dismantle the assumptions assigned collectively to women in Afghanistan. By giving individual voices to those who are often ignored or forgotten in international discourse about the future of the war-torn country, Unveiled lets women tell their stories in their own words in order to shine a light on the realities facing half of the Afghan population.

Of over 16 million Afghan women, many are impoverished, uneducated, and restricted by traditions and cultural norms. But even with these commonalities, each woman’s situation is different; some struggle to feed their families; some are resigned to suffering violence at the hands of relatives; some are working to send their siblings to school; some refuse to give up their dreams in the face of threats and societal pressure. For several, the defeat of the Taliban and the aid of the international community have improved their lives. For others, little has changed.

Photographed against a plain background the women are “individuals” instead of a collective “other” or “poor women in Afghanistan”. Unveiled lets the women depicted speak for themselves and explain their own personal concerns or aspirations.

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