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  1. 10-06-03 Plight of Most Women Not Improved in Afghanistan (CBS News)
      " 'The ultraconservative Taliban regime, which was toppled by a U.S.-led invasion in 2001, had banned women from working and girls from school. The Afghan government has since lifted those restrictions, but in rural areas where it has little authority many women still cannot work or girls be educated.' "

      "President Hamid Karzai has little authority outside the capital, Kabul, where most areas are ruled by warlords with private militias."

      " 'Nearly two years on, discrimination, violence, and insecurity remain rife, despite promises by world leaders, including (U.S.) President Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, that the war in Afghanistan would bring liberation for women,' the [Amnesty International] report said."

      "It added: 'The situation is unacceptable and calls for urgent action.' " 10-03


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