In the recent elections in Afghanistan over 400 women stood as candidates.
This would have been unthinkable under the Taliban regime, when women were not allowed to attend school, work, or even leave the house unless accompanied by a close male relative.
Even now there can be considerable risks for female parliamentary candidates in Afghanistan.
Fawzia Gailani has been an MP in Herat in the west of the country for the last five years and is known as an outspoken defender of women's rights.
During the most recent campaign, ten of her campaign team were kidnapped by the Taliban and five of them were killed.
Fawzia herself has received many death threats.
When Matthew Bannister spoke to Fawzia through a translator from Herat, she told him about the events that led up to the kidnapping of her colleagues.
First broadcast on 4 October, 2010
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.