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In the countryside
Afghanistan has a mountain landscape and less than 10% of its area lies below 600m a.s.l. The highest point of the country - close to the border to Pakistan - is the 7485m high summit of the Noshak in the Hindukush mountains. The lowest point - 285m above sea level - can be found in the border region to Turkmenistan, in the flood plain of the Amudarja. Summers are hot and winters cold. 80% of the population lives in the countryside. Villages could only develop in the valleys of the high mountain ranges. Mostly these villages are small and far from each other.
Power of the man
The "modern trends" of the cities could not make their way to the rural areas yet. The life of the women concentrates on house, children, and gardening.
The man - father, brother, husband, and son - decides even today, what the woman can do and what she cannot do. It can go this far that the woman is not allowed to leave the house, not to go shopping, not to visit a doctor, not to learn at school, and not to practise a profession.
In front of a court her voice only counts half. Two female voices count as much as one male voice.
In the countryside it is even more important compared to the city, to enable the women to leave their domestic isolation and to broaden their horizon.