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Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul

Shamsia, 17, victim of an acid attack by the Taliban, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kabul November 15, 2008. The Taliban, which does not permit women to attend school, attacked Shamsia two days ago as she was on her way to class with 15 other schoolgirls, according to police. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN)

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.