The efforts of aid agencies to get Afghani women back into working lives are sensible: In theory, economic freedom may lead in turn to personal and social freedom. But these efforts are situated within the resurgence of the Taliban and the corresponding erosion of women’s rights. “We warn you to leave your job,” a teacher was told earlier this year, “otherwise we will cut off the heads of your children.” Offering vocational courses is only half the battle. The other is ensuring women can put their training to work, without worrying about threats from the fundamentalists who want them to stay at home.
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