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Women's rights and opportunities have improved in Afghanistan over the past 15 years after the ouster of the Taliban.

They're no longer required to wear the burqa and are again allowed to attend school and leave the house without a male relative.

But as several recent incidents have highlighted, women in the country still face high levels of violence – including honor killings, forced marriages and and imprisonment for fleeing their husbands.

On this edition of Global Journalist, our panel examines the challenges and opportunities for women in Afghanistan. In addition, a bestselling author discusses the longstanding practice of families without sons dressing and raising their daughters as boys, a phenomenon known as "bacha posh."


Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.

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The Missouri House has reignited intense debate over women’s reproductive rights, passing legislation that would exempt doctors and other health care workers from performing medical procedures that violate their religious beliefs.