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Female Trailblazers Shatter Stereotypes in Afghanistan


In a country that’s arguably one of the most challenging places on earth to be a woman, there are brave ones pushing boundaries, challenging social norms and inspiring people all over the world. Photojournalist Tahmina Saleem takes a peek into the lives of seven women from Afghanistan, some of the first ladies to emerge in their professions since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.

These women are diverse, ranging from a paraglider to the founder of the first female-run Afghan film company. A common thread running through the portraits is the determination to shatter stereotypes in a rough, masculine, and war-ridden society.

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