• FILE - In this Saturday, March 20, 2010 file photo, Afghan women offer prayers at the grave of their relative in a grave yard in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

    As the country braces for next year's presidential election, the panel urges the U.S. government and its allies to work harder to promote religious rights.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 30, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT
  • Haji Hussain, 75, who colors clothing for 40 years, takes a freshly colored burqa out for drying outside his small shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2013. Despite advances in women’s rights, Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country and most women continue to wear the Burqa. But tradesmen say times are changing in Kabul at least, with demand for burqas declining as young women going to school and taking office jobs refuse to wear the cumbersome garments. (AP Photo/Anja Ni

    Cut-price competition from China and Western influences are leading many urban Afghan women to exchange the full-body cloak for a simple headscarf.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 16, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT