18 Stunning Portraits Of Women In Kabul
“I will lose my identity as a human being, a woman, and an artist.”
KABUL, Afghanistan — The women of Afghanistan would like to be heard.
Before the recent peace negotiations suddenly broke down — when President Donald Trump announced that he had canceled secret talks with the Taliban — women had been almost entirely sidelined from the conversation about the future of their country.
The US intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 was premised in part on liberating women from the restrictive rule of the Taliban. The last 18 years have seen some progress, and life has improved for some women, allowing them enroll in school, work, and explore simple personal freedoms previously denied to them.
But many of them now fear for the future.
Photographer Kiana Hayeri spoke with 18 women in the Afghan capital of Kabul about their concerns if the Taliban were to regain power.
Hawa Alam Nuristani, 49
Chief of the Independent Election Commission
Zarifa Adiba, 21
Student, Former Conductor of the Zohra Orchestra
Rada Akbar, 31
Zahra Hussaini, 27
Program Officer at the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization
Azima Hamidi, 54
Mahtab Sahel, 27
Masooma Hosseini, 26
Communication Officer at Book City Cultural Center
Muqaddessa Yourish, 27
Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce
Zhala Sarmast, 19
Cyclist, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Student
Former Afghan Ambassador to Canada
Arezoo Hosseini, 36
Zarlasht Sarmast, 23
Homa Alizoy, 48
Fatemeh Ayreek, 28
Puppet-Maker and Actress
Salma Alkozai, 30
Director of Aid Management at the Ministry of Finance
Fakhria Ibrahimi Mumtaz, 30
Masooma Hosseini, 32
Project Assistant at the International Organization for Migration
Cleaner and Single Mother
Photographs by Kiana Hayeri for BuzzFeed News