Pioneering female MP seeks asylum

Noor Zia Atmar - AFghan MP

Noor Zia Atmar seeks asylum as progress for women unravels: For years she was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.

Noor Zia Atmar, a young activist and then one of the country’s first woman MPs, travelled the world with her colleagues to show that things were changing.That was three years ago. Now, she lives in a shelter for battered women, the victim of an abusive husband – and a symbol of the way progress in women’s rights is unravelling as the West withdraws and more traditional conservative values return to the fore.

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