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Real Stories

The voices of bach posh from around the world

A Young Woman’s Account of Motherhood in Afghanistan
3 years ago

A Young Woman’s Account of Motherhood in Afghanistan

For most western parents a healthy baby, regardless of its gender, is cause for celebration. Sadly this isn’t true in many societies, as this first-person account from a young Afghan …
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What is a “Good Girl” in Afghanistan?
3 years ago

What is a “Good Girl” in Afghanistan?

The practice of bacha posh, of little girls disguised as boys, may seem like as a strange and foreign concept to most westerners. Read this first-hand account of life as …
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The “bacha posh” of Albania
4 years ago

The “bacha posh” of Albania

These images of Albanian women who have sworn to live their lives as men is evidence that bacha posh isn’t exclusively an Afghan practice. They take the oath in service …
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Squashing Extremism: TED Talk from Former Bacha Posh
5 years ago

Squashing Extremism: TED Talk from Former Bacha Posh

A fascinating TEDxTeen talk from Maria Toorpakai Wazir — a former bacha posh from South Waziristan, the tribal Pashtun region bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan — who had her life threatened …
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