Soon after the Taliban took over the Afghan capital, Rabia Jamal knew she could not stay doing anything. She decided to brave the hardliners and get back to work at the airport. The 35-year-old mother of three went to work despite knowing Islamists expect women to stay home for their own safety and with the current situation, she knew it was all way too risky.
"I need money to support my family," Rabia told AFP as she stood donning a navy-blue suit and make-up.
"I felt tension at home... I felt very bad," she continued. "Now I feel better."
Out of 80 women who worked at the airport, sadly only 12 have made it back to their job following the Taliban takeover. The Taliban have instructed most not to go back to work until further notice.
Rabia's sister, Qudsiya Jamal, told AFP the Taliban takeover had "shocked" her.
"I was very afraid," said the sole provider of her family. "My family was scared for me -- they told me not to go back -- but I am happy now, relaxed... no problems so far."
"Take me to Paris" While the Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001 was particularly harsh on women, this time around they claim to be less extreme. Women will not be allowed to study. However, classrooms will be segregated based on gender and all girls are expected to adhere to a dress code.
Under new rules, women may work "in accordance with the principles of Islam", the Taliban have said.
As the airport geared up to actively function again, Rabia said she would keep working until she is forced to stop. "My dream is to be the richest girl in Afghanistan, and I feel I am always the luckiest," said Rabia.
"I will do what I love until I am not lucky anymore."