A former correspondent for BBC Persia and Pajhwok—Afghanistan’s largest media outlet—Khorsand was one of the few women allowed to work during the Taliban's regime, and still had to play by its misogynistic rules while attempting to denounce them.After the Taliban fell in 2001, Khorsand has studied the lingering effect that the regime still has on Afghanistan’s social, cultural, and economic realities.According to the UN, the rate of violence against Afghan women is on the rise, even as the number of civilian casualties have been dropping.As western nations begin their draw-down, training and literacy programs are ramping up, in the hopes for a stronger role for the women of Afghanistan after 2014.Reporting on Taliban activities was a journalistic effort that was inherently dangerous.
This gender gap is deeply rooted in androcentric and religious fundamentalist values. The number increased from about 400 in the autumn of 2011 to about 600 in the spring of 2013.
King Amanullah stressed the importance for young girls and women to receive an education.
Along with encouraging families to send their daughters to school, he promoted the unveiling of women and persuaded them to adopt a more western style of dress.
Through different former rulers such as the mujahideen and the Taliban in the later part of the 20th century, women had very little to no freedom, specifically in terms of civil liberties.
Since the Taliban administration of Afghanistan fell in 2001, women's rights have significantly improved under the newly-formed Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and are much better than they were under former governments.