What do you hope to communicate or change through the images? What initially drew you to women's prisons in Afghanistan? Maj's
Several of the men said wearing a burqa felt "like a prison." They carried signs reading: "equality," and "Don't tell women
Programs and services to care for and educate vulnerable children need the unanimous support of a government that understands the long-term benefits of doing so.
I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.
"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."
"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."
"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."
Massoud Hassanzada: 'The Biggest Challenge Facing Afghanistan Is Absence of True Progressive Forces to Combat Ignorance, Corruption and Fanaticism'
"Poverty, violence, ignorance, plunder, and deception are the fruits of the class society, based on profit-making at any cost."
"Against such a backdrop of fundamental, structural changes, the Taliban will not be able to dominate Afghanistan again. The free people of Afghanistan would never allow that scenario to be repeated."
"My greatest fear is that after 10 years of efforts to promote women's rights, a group may take over the political power that does not believe in women's identity or even the fact that they are human beings."
Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'
"We are living in a society where political despotism, social and economic injustice, unbalanced culture and education and cultural and identity authoritarianism prevail."
Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'
"I only fear instability and insecurity. I fear that the insecurity may lead the political powers to strike some kind of bargain that trades away women's rights. It would be a tragedy for women to lose their legal status and rights in this political game."
"The courts should be one of the important sources for women to rely on in this country. Unfortunately, the courts are very corrupt and are permeated by a strongly misogynist attitude, which seeks to use gaps in the law to punish women."
"International statistics indicate that we will have around 400,000 to 500,000 unemployed people after the withdrawal of the international forces and a fall in foreign aid."
"My two daughters were forced out of education under the Taliban. We were forced to migrate to Pakistan and my family had to weave carpets with me to make a living. It was a hard work that we had to do in awful, unhealthy underground workshops."