There are still large parts of the world where the subjugation of women, their reduced status and reduced rights are a normal part of life. Millions of women do not have access to education or basic healthcare and their suffering at the hands of those around them goes largely unnoticed. Yet even amongst these dark lands, Afghanistan holds the position of being the worst place in the world for women. The prevalence of abuses and violations against women is such that Afghanistan is ranked ahead of countries in which rape, burning and honour killings occur with a frightening frequency. In Afghanistan 9 out of every 10 women have experienced some form sexual, physical or psychological abuse or have been forced into marriage against their will.