GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1996-2002: The Taliban severely restricts women's role in society.

Under the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan, women are banished from the workforce, forbidden an education, and prohibited to leave their homes unless a close male relative escorts them. In public, they must wear special dress (burqa) that completely covers the body and leaves only a small mesh-covered opening through which they can see. Windows of women's houses visible to the public must be painted black. Religious minorities and secular individuals also suffer intolerance under the Taliban regime.

PBS Women in Afghanistan
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/asia /july-dec01/afghanwomen_11-21.html

Four Afghan women talk to NewsHour about their repression during Taliban rule. (November 2001)