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Life before the Taliban, then and now

A half century ago, Afghan women had carriers in medicine; men and women mingle causally at movie theatres and university campuses in Kabul. There was a proper system of law and order, government used to have a capable undertaking infrastructure projects. People used to have a hope that education will open opportunities for them, a conviction of a brighter future ahead. Everything was great until the war happened.

The country now has been facing several challenges in terms of women’s rights and safety, whereas back in 1950’s, women had equal rights as men. There were schools, where female students sat next to their male peers, where in parks and playgrounds, buses, hospitals, schools, workplaces, women were seen everywhere, as equal in number as men.

These photographs clearly depict a very different Afghanistan than it is now;

1Classroom in Kabul, 1960s

2Podlich at Paghman Gardens

Years of war before the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan

3Afghan school girls 

4Shopping trip

One of Dr Podlich’s daughters, Jan, smiles during a trip to Istalif, a village 18 miles northwest of Kabul

5Afghan – Fashion designer

Safia-Tarzi – 1960s, Afghan – Fashion designer

6Class – 1980

7Afghan performers

8Female flight attendants

Ariana Afghan Airlines flight attendants

9Female students

At the Poly-technical University in Kabul in the mid 1970’s

10Foreign visitors

Foreign visitors camping in Band-e Amir 1970’s

11Afghan Pop star

Hangama – 1970’s Afghan Pop star

12Kabul University Students

Kabul University Students at graduation 1960′

13Kabul, 1960’s

14Kandahar Airport

Kandahar Airport built in the 1960s

15Models photographed

Models were photographed against a backdrop of ancient ruins and thriving bazaar

16Road trip – Afghanistan

17Afghan fashion designer

Safia Tarzi – 1960s; Afghan fashion designer

18Textile store

Textile store window display

19Tourist visiting Afghanistan

20Afghanistan Vogue

When Afghanistan was in Vogue, December 1969.

21Women’s Rally 1980

Women’s Rally 1980
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