There’s an old indicating in Afghanistan that encapsulates the country’s views on divorce: “A female only leaves her father’s dwelling in the white bridal clothing, and she can only return in the white shrouds.”

In this deeply conservative and patriarchal society, women of all ages who defy conference and seek out divorce are often disowned by their family members and shunned by Afghan culture. Remaining alone, they have to struggle for basic legal rights, such as leasing an apartment, which demand the involvement or ensures of male family members.

Inspite of the social stigma and obstacles to independence, there

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