Rare Afghan fashion show seeks to empower women
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan models paraded down a candle-lined catwalk Friday as men and women watched from the audience in a restaurant off a muddy street in Kabul.
The rare fashion show in this war-weary capital was a small production but a big idea – part of an Afghan group's efforts to empower women by breaking down barriers in this highly conservative Muslim society.
"The situation always gets tougher and tougher every day by day, but we should not back down. We are here to move on and move forward, so I think if women step up and they show up in this field, I think they will do a good job," said Shahar Banoo Zeerak, the designer whose clothes were featured in the show.
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