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Behind the scenes with Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra

Negin Khpulwak, leader of the Zohra orchestra, an ensemble of 35 women, conducts during a rehearsal at Afghanistan's National Institute of Music, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 9, 2016. Playing instruments was banned under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and even today, many conservative Muslims frown on most forms of music. Living in an orphanage in the capital, Kabul, 19-year-old Negin leads an ensemble of 35 women that plays both Western and Afghan musical instruments. In a country notorious internationally for harsh restrictions on women in most areas of life, Negin's story highlights a double challenge. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood SEARCH "ORCHESTRA KABUL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  - GF10000383703

A new interactive website offers an intimate portrait of the orchestra's first international tour Image: REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Nico Daswani
Head of Arts and Culture, World Economic Forum Geneva
Simon Brandon
Journalist, freelance
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