(WOMENSENEWS)-Driving the Taliban out of Kabul and some other Afghan cities has ended the fiats that prohibited women from working outside their homes, attending school, leaving home without a male relative or showing their faces in public.

While droves of men are rushing to the barber to cut their long, Taliban-mandated beards, some women have burned their veils in public and some are walking abroad in the daylight for the first time in years. Many women are still wary of being seen in public without their veils and, in cities, towns and areas where the harsh fundamentalist rule has been lifted, equal rights for women have by no means arrived.