In Kabul’s liberating cafes, ‘women make the culture here, not men’ – The Indian Express

In Kabul’s liberating cafes, ‘women make the culture here, not men’  The Indian Express

Delegates during the opening ceremony of the Loya Jirga, or Grand Assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 29. (The New York Times) Written by David Zucchino and Fatima Faizi On some days, life as a young woman in Kabul can feel suffocating for Hadis Lessani Delijam, a 17-year-old high school senior. Once, a man on the street harangued her for her makeup and Western clothes; they are shameful, he bellowed. A middle-aged woman cursed her for strolling and chatting with a young man. She called me things that are so terrible I can t repeat them, Delijam said. For solace, Delijam retreats to an…

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