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Default Afghan government fails to deliver on women's rights - 12-03-2011, 12:09 AM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-dev...hat-went-wrong

Once again, it took the Brits to do a thorough investigation and show that Mr. Karzai and his government's touted progress on the front of women's rights is just salad dressing to mask the the taste of rotten leaves.

"The biggest achievement has been in education, with 2.4 million girls in school, although there is still a high drop-out rate and the numbers going on to secondary school are small. But the fact is that the conservative nature of rural Afghanistan has not changed fundamentally. Over the past 10 years a colossal $57 bn has been spent in aid in Afghanistan, but it has not had any impact on the entrenched attitudes shaping women's lives."

So these touted figures rarely address attrition rates and onwards mobility towards higher education.
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The men of Kábul and Khilj also went home; and whenever they were questioned about the Musulmáns of the Kohistán (the mountains), and how matters stood there, they said, "Don't call it Kohistán, but Afghánistán; for there is nothing there but Afgháns and disturbances." Thus it is clear that for this reason the people of the country call their home in their own language Afghánistán, and themselves Afgháns. The people of India call them Patán; but the reason for this is not known. But it occurs to me, that when, under the rule of Muhammadan sovereigns, Musulmáns first came to the city of Patná, and dwelt there, the people of India (for that reason) called them Patáns—but God knows!

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