Afghan Women Voting


Khan, Banaras




In this image, taken by photographer Banaras Khan, five Afghan women in burkas present their voter registration cards during the September 2010 Afghan Parliamentary Elections. This photograph offers an opportunity to explore issues of identity, community, (perceived) safety, and freedom.

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Heritage and TraditionIdentity and CommunityKnowledge and UncertaintyOrganizing and ActivismRace, Ethnicity and CultureSocial and Political ChangeSpeech and Expression

Big Questions

What do we know for sure? What do we not know?

Sample Discussion Questions

  1. What do we know about these women? What do we not know?
  2. How do you think the women in this image are feeling?
  3. What do you think these women's relationships are to their community?
  4. What tensions (social, political, etc.) do you see in this image?
  5. What is unfamiliar to you in this image? Does anything bother or trouble you? Why?
  6. Is this an image of freedom? If so, describe the freedom you see.
  7. What is one question that this image provokes?
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