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Women in Afghanistan: Caught in the Middle

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Division of Social Work Florida Gulf Coast University, UNITED STATES

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 1, Issue (2), Pages 43-47, October,14 (2012)


The international human rights principles established after World War II guaranteed civil liberties and fundamental freedom for everyone, but women in Afghanistan have always remained an exception. The U.S. war to end the Taliban rule in Afghanistan only exacerbated the suffering of the Afghan women. This article focuses on the sociocultural dynamics that play a pivotal role in current affairs between American political ideology and Middle Eastern cultures. The article derives its theoretical framework from the concept of homo sacer, gender and development theory, and capability theory to explain the sociocultural context and need for social welfare intervention in Afghanistan.


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