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Election is talk of the town in Kabul beauty parlours

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AFP/Gulf News, 4 April 2014

AAN's Kate Clark is not talking abour beauty parlors here, but about post-2001 progress for women in Afghanistan:

Experts such as Kate Clark, of the Afghan [sic] Analysts’ Network, say that real progress has been made for women in Afghanistan over the past 13 years, though cultural norms still hold many back.

“Now it’s a legal thing to work, it’s a legal thing for girls to go to school or university, and there are women in parliament,” she said.

“Those freedoms give girls opportunities and aspirations, even if not everyone can fulfil them.

“Afghanistan is still a deeply, deeply patriarchal society. But in most parts of the country, people now want girls as well as boys to go to school and that is a huge shift.”

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