Afghanistan has always had its share of strong women who have stood up against the male-dominated tribal culture by insisting on equal opportunities and rights in education, work and leisure. Here you can meet some of these women.
One is Malalai Joya – possibly Afghanistan’s most famous politician after Hamid Karzai. She has taken on the conservative forces in Parliament and been portrayed in a documentary by Danish film director Eva Mulvad.
Then there is Latifa and Lailuma, sisters and helicopter pilots, who fought the Taliban and survived, only to face an even greater challenge: the inadequate Afghan health care system.
And finally you can meet the members of Afghanistan’s first female cycling team, who dream of partaking in the Olympic Games in spite of the harrassment they face during training.