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In Former Taliban Stronghold, Defiant Women Hit the Gym

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Homa Yusafzai felt terrible. Her weight was up, she had diabetes and high blood pressure, and at just 27 she felt lethargic and depressed.

Then she heard that Kandahar’s first health club for women had just opened — the miracle she had been waiting for, she thought. Her husband at first refused to let her join. Kandahar is a deeply conservative city, a former headquarters of the Taliban where men still dictate the most prosaic details of women’s lives.

But ultimately, he relented, and Ms. Yusafzai now works out six days a week, straining through hand-weight repetitions and pounding a treadmill. In six months, she said, she had shed almost 50 pounds, lowered her blood pressure and brought her diabetes under control.

“I feel so healthy and I have more energy — I’m so happy,” she said as she rested between workouts.

The health club was opened

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Margaret Ferrier ‘visited gym and salon’ on same day she got tested

MP Margaret Ferrier had a day out in town right after her coronavirus test (Picture: @MargaretFerrier)

An MP suffering from coronavirus symptoms visited a gift shop and a beauty salon on the same day she took a Covid test, which came back positive.

Margaret Ferrier also posted on Twitter suggesting she visited a leisure centre on the same day.

The Vanilla Salon and Sweet P Gift Boutique, in the MP’s constituency town of Rutherglen, near Glasgow, condemned her actions as ‘irresponsible’ and have been forced to reassure customers their shops are still safe to visit.

Ferrier has been suspended from the SNP after making a 400-mile trip to Westminster before getting her results back.

In photographs posted last Saturday, the MP can be seen posing with socially-distanced staff outside the South Lanarkshire Eastfield Lifestyle centre and next to an indoor swimming pool.

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