In Afghanistan, "unbelievable" progress for women and girls

Amidst the resurgence of the Taliban and continued violence in Afghanistan, women are slowly but surely moving away from the confining roles assigned to them.

This Feb. 8 article reports from Kabul that women are making inroads into the Afghan government and exerting greater influence in the economy, while girls are making up a greater proportion at local schools. Still, life for women in this war-torn state is an uphill battle. In November of 2008, militants sprayed acid in the faces of 13 Afghan girls and teachers as they were walking to school, while the Taliban still hold onto tribal culture as the modern era pushes the state and its women into a more liberal setting. Women and girls are making unprecedented strides towards restoring their status in the region, but the road remains arduous.