First published here.
By Frud Bezhan, Fareba Wahidi on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Online
Dozens of women flock each day through the discreetly marked doors of Kabul’s Sahar Gul Cafe, Afghanistan’s first all-female Internet cafe.
Equipped with more than a dozen laptops, a library, and stocked with comfortable cushions, the modest cafe has given Afghan women the opportunity to study and socialize free from the scrutiny of men.
That’s important in a country where women continue to face enormous obstacles in securing their rights nearly 11 years after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban regime from Kabul.
Standing outside the cafe, Homiyra Bakhshi, project manager and a member of the Afghan activist group , which created the cafe, says it has become a refuge. Continue Reading …