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1. Double click on the icon above

2. Search using the keywords ' women Afghanistan'.

3. Find this article and read it through. 

Afghanistan: Taliban's war on women

Modern World History >  Afghanistan >  Afghanistan: Human rights

4. Answer this question:

Which examples of the Taliban's treatment of women mentioned in this article can you also find in Parvana?

Be specific and provide page numbers with your examples.


Interview with Deborah Ellis

Click here to read an interview with Deborah Ellis about Parvana after the shooting of Malala Yousafazai.

1. Is Parvana based on a real person?

2. What does Ellis think about Malala Yousafazi?


Parvana (Breadwinner) vocabulary quiz


Parvana - Deborah Ellis

Parvana, by Deborah Ellis, ( also known by the title The Breadwiinner) is an international bestseller. It  tells the story of a young girl living in Afghanistan, where people's lives, (particularly women) are severely controlled by the Taliban. Based on interviews that the author conducted with real people in Afghanistan, this story gives us an insight into this culture and the obstacles that some people face on a daily basis.

As we read and think about the question, 'Can fiction reveal truth?', have a look at these online resources to help us gather some background material on these issues . Has Deborah Ellis been accurate in her depiction of life under the Taliban?


Biography of Deborah Ellis


Women's Education in Afghanisatn


Afghanistan today

The Taliban are no longer in power, but what is the situation in Afghanistan now?

Parvana was written in 2002. Would Parvana's story be different today? Explain.

Read this article and then answer the question above.

This is a link to a further updated article


Encylopedia Britannica

1. Double click on the icon above.

2. Choose middle school level.

3. Search with the keyword 'Taliban'.

4. Read the article which comes up as the first result.

5. Answer these questions:

a. When did the Taliban come to power?

b. What is Sahri'ah Law?



Click here to read about Malala Yousafazai's inspirational story.

1. Why was Malala shot by the Taliban?

2. What has she achieved since the attack?


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