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Afghan men don burqas, take to the streets for women's rights

 Reuters 09 March 2019

A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital, Kabul to draw attention to women's rights by donning head-to-toe burqas that for many people worldwide have come to symbolize the suppression of women. The hardline Taliban forced women to wear burqas in public during their rule in the 1990s and concern is growing in Afghanistan and among its allies that gains for women made since the 2001 U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban are at risk. Several of the men said wearing a burqa felt "like a prison". They carried signs reading: "equality," and "Don't tell women what to wear, you should cover your eyes". (415 Words) - By Krista Mahr and Mirwais Harooni

Reuters_Afghan men don burqas for women's rights

Male Afghan women's rights activist pose for media as they wear burqas to show their solidarity to Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day in Kabul March 5, 2019. A group of Afghan men marched through the capital, Kabul, on Thursday to draw attention to women's rights by donning head-to-toe burqas that for many people worldwide have come to symbolise the suppression of women. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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