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In Afghanistan, women face entrenched harassment
In Afghanistan, women face entrenched harassment

Twenty-nine-year-old Masouma was walking down a street in Kabul one day recently when a boy no older than 5 tried to grab her. She moved to avoid him, but what he did next, she recalled, spoke volumes about attitudes toward women and girls in the Afghan capital. "When I walked away he laughed, content in the knowledge that he was able to disrupt my day and annoy me," said Masouma, the employee of a media company who did not want to be further identified for fear of further harassment. In Kabul, a city of more than 6 million, women and girls complain of sexual harassment in their daily lives — on the streets, in the workplace and at school. Newly elected President Ashraf...

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