Women in Afghanistan

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Via Vanessa of Feministing, some stark facts about Afghanistan from UNICEF: 20 percent of all children die before their 5th birthday; girls’ enrollment in secondary schools is less than 10 percent; and maternal death rates are as high as 6,000 per 100,000 women. Yes, yes, I realize that the US didn’t invade Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, and it’s impossible to transform a deeply sexist society overnight, but this still deserves attention.

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