epa02135036 Afghan woman Seema Gul, who set herself on fire in 2007, shows her burn scars at a hostel which provides training in vocational skills in Herat, western Afghanistan on 10 March 2010. The hostel is run by the Association for Cooperation with Afghanistan (ACAF). Several local and foreign NGO's across the country run rehabilitation centers where victims of self-immolation learn vocational skills such as baking and embroidery to enable them to earn their livelihoods. Forced marriages and a lack of education contribute to a recent spate of suicide attempts among women in Afghanistan, reports said. Afghan women are in a subordinate position in society, where conservative Islamic laws and traditions dictate what a woman is allowed to do in a male dominated world. Forced marriages, domestic violence, poverty and lack of access to education are said to be some
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