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Rethink Afghanistan: Women's Rights Have Barely Improved (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/08/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:35 PM ET

The lives of Afghan women have improved only superficially since the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001, according to Afghan women and human rights experts appearing in the latest volume of the documentary series, Rethink Afghanistan.

Supporters of continued war in Afghanistan often cite an improvement in women's rights as one victory, but the film makes the case that the gains have been minimal. For example, the presence of women in the Afghan parliament is more than offset by the rise in Islamic fundamentalism since the Western occupation. Just as importantly, the sustained bombing campaign has widowed many Afghan women, leaving them to fend for themselves or their families with few options, and prostitution on the rise.

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