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LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN
Vol. 5. March, 2001

We inform about the seclusion of women, known as purdah, in Afghanistan

With this newsletter we try to make an attempt to describe the seclusion of women, which is the norm today in Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s restriction on women have been the major bone of contention between the outside world and the Taliban more than other human rights violations.
 â€śThe position of women is one of the hottest controversies of Afghan society today. Any modernization of women's conditions to date has been the result of government action. Improvement of their status in legal and social terms has been seen by traditionalists, who have had a strong impact on Afghan society for decades, as an undesirable Western, non-Islamic influence. It has been perceived as a threat to tradition, which would cause unrest in family and community life. Women's participation in public life, in formal education and in the labor force, has therefore been strongly resisted. Consequently, any improvement of their status that has been introduced by small enclaves of progressives has been met by a corresponding counteraction by traditionalistsâ€