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Afghan women wait for their turn to get registered at a voter registration centre in Kabul

Afghan women wait for their turn to get registered at a voter registration centre in Kabul July 13, 2010. Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections on September 18. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The lives of Afghan women

Amnesty is calling on Pres. Obama to spell out a plan to preserve the gains for women since the fall of the Taliban, which from 1996 to 2001 barred Afghan girls from schools and kept women from working and from leaving their homes unless they were accompanied by a male relative or spouse, denied them equal rights, and inflicted severe abuse if they did not follow Taliban laws.