Barbara Walters, of Television’s 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. From Ms. Walters’ vantage point, despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women walk even further back behind their husbands, and seem appear happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms . Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you continue with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’ The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, ” Land Mines ! ” 🙂