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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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The Hidden War Against Women

The Hidden War Against Women

Health Care in Afghanistan

(p.179) Chapter 11 The Hidden War Against Women
Land of the Unconquerable

Sima Samar

University of California Press

This chapter presents a discussion on the health care of Afghan women. The only health care available in the 1980s was for male members of political parties. Afghan women's health has suffered greatly across three decades. The majority of women in Afghanistan believe that they must be beaten by their husbands, that it is part of their daily lives and marital obligation. Women's issues are political issues. On average, women bear seven to ten children, though some of those children die at birth or before the age of five. Women are entirely dependent on male members of the family, who are sometimes unwilling to pay the cost of their medical treatment. Education is the key to women's empowerment, so that they can understand and, wherever necessary, change their choices and make decisions accordingly. The crisis of the women of Afghanistan is a crisis for the entire world.

Keywords:   health care, Afghan women, Afghanistan, education, political parties

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