NBC News: “They were beating me by the whip, electric rod and whatever they had in their hand,” Taqi Daryabi said… in the weeks since the Taliban once again took control, growing evidence points to a broad and sometimes brutal crackdown as they settle old scores, stamp out opposition and try to force many Afghans
NDTV: Zarghunna Noori has always been a fighter, but the 22-year-old taekwondo champion — who dreamt of representing Afghanistan at the Olympics — says she has finally met her match. “In sports when we lose we are left feeling terrible,” she told AFP at her home in the western city of Herat. “And now we
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 23, 2021 Human rights defenders say the Taliban is committing “widespread and serious” rights violations against women and girls in the western Afghan city of Herat, which they say raises serious concerns about the ability or willingness of the group’s leadership in Kabul to control the actions of its members
The Guardian (UK): Just over a month ago, Zahra Joya left her house in Kabul to walk to her office, as she had been doing every day. From this small office, Joya, a journalist, ran Rukhshana Media, the news agency she founded last year to report on the stories of women and girls across Afghanistan.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 22, 2021 Seven female tae kwon do athletes are resettling in Australia after fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan last month. Australian Taekwondo said on September 22 that the seven women are completing quarantine this week following what it described as a high-risk evacuation via Pakistan after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi September 21, 2021 The Taliban-led government has expanded its interim cabinet, releasing a list of deputy ministers solely comprising men despite increasing international criticism that the hard-line Islamist group’s actions were failing to live up to its early pledges of inclusion for women. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid presented the list of deputy ministers
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 19, 2021 A group of Afghan women staged a protest in the capital, Kabul, on September 19, to demand the right to work and study. Videos shared by local media show a group of nearly two dozen women gathering in front of what was until recently the Women’s Affairs Ministry,
Taliban locked out all female workers of the Ministry of Women Affairs – a vast majority of them bread winners. The new Ministry is called Ministry of Preaching and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. pic.twitter.com/4neWJDyrLB — BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) September 17, 2021
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 17, 2021 The Education Ministry of the Taliban-led Afghan government says middle schools, high schools, and madrasahs for males will reopen on September 18, with no mention of when girls in those classes will return amid indications that the department of women’s affairs is undergoing a radical change. The order
By Farangis Najibullah Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 16, 2021 A championship runner in Kabul says the uniforms she and other Afghan sportswomen wore in domestic and international competitions fully covered their bodies and didn’t violate the Islamic hijab norms as the Taliban claims. The 24-year-old professional athlete, whose name is being withheld for her protection,