It was only a matter of time before the ‘dark ages’ returned

The death knell was sounded, retreating US troops gave way to the Taliban. For women, this could potentially mean a severe pushback on educational, political, sartorial, professional, financial rights.

Shamsia Hassani is one of Afghanistan’s first female street artists. Working in Kabul, Hassani depicted Afghan women as strong independent figures who pursue their ambitious goals,  affirming and revealing their power and desire for joy, color, and beauty in their lives. After the Taliban takeover, she left her position as a lecturer in fine arts at Kabul University and sought refuge abroad. Organizing graffiti festivals, art classes, and exhibitions around the world, she has encouraged Afghans to express their creativity.

She is a role model for young women and her work is an inspiration to people around the world.

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