Azamee drives her car as Afghan youths stare at her in the streets of Kabul.
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Since Rokhsar Azamee began driving the streets of Kabul last year, she has endured condescension, ridicule and even threats to her life with some men deliberately causing "accidents" to harass her.Up until the 1990s Afghan women were commonly found behind the wheel – even driving buses, at least in the big cities.But in 1992, when the communist regime in Kabul collapsed and civil war broke out, women drivers were slowly discouraged.In Afghanistan, woman drivers are seen as a Western imposition and a rejection of Muslim values, Babrak, an Afghan man in his 50s, tells AFP.In big cities like Kabul women are attempting to shift change into high gear. The increase in the number of women drivers has been growing at a steady rate: Kabul's traffic department estimates show that up to 1,000 women each year now apply to join driving schools in the Afghan capital alone.Social activist Sohaila Sama, 25, looks forward to driving her own car to the green plains of northern Afghanistan without persecution.
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