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Afghan women gather at a cemetery in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan. A gender and development specialist and human rights activist, Afghan Wazhma Frogh says her experience characterizes the women’s rights movement in her country — after 12 years, billions of dollars and countless words emanating from the West commiserating with Afghan women, the successes are fragile, the changes superficial and vulnerable.

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Frustration high in Afghan women’s rights struggle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In 2009, the United States gave Wazhma Frogh the International Woman of Courage award for her women’s rights activism in Afghanistan. Prominently displayed in Frogh’s office is a picture of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton granting her the award as First Lady Michelle Obama smiles, clapping by her side.

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