Women Risking Their Lives for Education (June 2002)

In Afghanistan, members of a secret organization of women risk death to give other women education and hope. Eve Ensler took a harrowing undercover journey to chronicle their fight against the Taliban — one of the most repressive regimes in history.

The Taliban Forbids Women to:

  • attend school
  • work outside the home
  • laugh loudly
  • perform or listen to music
  • leave home without a male relative
  • use cosmetics
  • visit male doctors
  • go outside without wearing a floor-length veil called a burqa
  • wear high-heel shoes
  • watch movies, TV and videos

If a woman breaks these laws, she risks being flogged or killed.