Bamiyan Panorama

Bamiyan Panorama

Thursday, September 29, 2011

When Afghans had fashion 60's, 70's, and 80's.

So, apparently, Afghan women used to be fashionable.  Wait, WHAT?  They still are!  Every Afghan i've met (and that is a lot) is very fashionable.  This shows how it used to be before the wars and before the burqa was imposed on every Afghan woman. 

*disclaimer- This does not depict the whole country, or every Afghan woman*

Fashion model - early 70's.

Fashion show either in 1969 or 1970.

same fashion show - note the length of her dress

Same show - note the rifle!

Daughter of the King at a public venue - 1969

Fashion designer in Kabul 1969 or 1970.

Womens Rally 1980

Ustad Farida Mahwash - famous singer - 1970's

A class/meeting for women - around 1980.

A farm worker around 1980.

Milk distribution - approx 1984

Girl guides - most likely in the 70's.

A university Home Economics class demonstration around 1984.

Lab technician in the 1980's.

Arzu Studio Hope is a non-profit that provides employment for Afghan women.  Click here to view information about what they do and for a link to their website. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Saudi woman lashed for heinous crime!

This woman commited a horrible crime - the same crime that women all over the world commit ever day.  She drove herself somewhere.  *gasp*    ...........really?   That is just rediculous! 
Here's the article: 

Saudi woman to be lashed for defying driving ban

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for breaking the country's ban on female drivers. The woman, identified only as Shema, was found guilty of driving in Jeddah in July. Women2drive, which campaigns for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, says she has already lodged an appeal.
In recent months, scores of women have driven vehicles in Saudi cities in an effort to put pressure on the monarchy to change the law. The sentence comes two days after the Saudi leader King Abdullah announced women would be allowed to vote for the first time in 2015.
Two other women are due to appear in court later this year on similar charges, correspondents say.
(BBC news   9/27/11)

And the world looks on.........   and looks away.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Afghan women in the 1940's

This photo was taken in the 1940's.
Afghan women in the 1940s

I wonder where they are now?

To see photos of Afghanistan in the 40's, 50's, and 60's click here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Arzu studio hope - employment for Afghan women

Check out this website -

They are a company that employs Afghan women to make rugs and carpets.  This provides an income and a 'ray of light' in a few lives.  You can buy the rugs in various places around the United States - that info is on the website. 

Annual Summer Sale

Photos of Afghanistan in the 60's and 70's - before the wars - click here

When Afghan women 'had fashion' - click here.