Photographer Paula Bronstein captured in this image what I perceive to be a subtle moment that suggests the challenges that many women still face in the conservative Afghan culture despite the end of Taliban rule.
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Afghan bride Zahara, 24, is held by groom Gulam Ali as they leave for their wedding ceremony in a taxi on Oct. 14, in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. At local beauty salons, behind drawn curtains, isolated from the males, Afghan women spend hours getting ready for engagement parties and weddings. In accordance with Afghan culture the men are required to be segregated from the women with the exception of the bride and groom.