Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 17, 2022 Taliban leaders are attempting to institutionalize large-scale and systematic gender-based discrimination and violence against Afghan women and girls, a group of 36 UN human rights experts warned in a statement on January 17. The experts said an array of restrictive steps that have been introduced since the Taliban’s takeover of
The Indian Express: Nadia Nadim, a prolific Danish international with 98 caps under her belt, qualified as a doctor after 5 years of studying whilst playing football. Last season, she played a crucial role in Paris Saint-Germain lifting the Division 1 title for the first time in their history, scoring 18 goals in 27 games.
The Guardian (UK): Gul Bano* and Karima* are activists who ran provincial branches of the ministry of women’s affairs in two different parts of Afghanistan. Their former offices have been taken over by the Taliban’s feared enforcers, the ministry for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice. They are now in hiding, afraid of
AP: Zabihullah Mujahid, who is also the Taliban’s deputy minister of culture and information, said their education departments are looking to open classrooms for all girls and women following the Afghan New Year, which starts on March 21. Afghanistan, like neighboring Iran, observers the Islamic solar Hijri Shamsi calendar. Click here to read more (external
8am: Before the rise of the Taliban, the Arus al-Balad volleyball team participated in various competitions, continuing its training regularly. Since the Taliban took control of Ghazni in early August, however, the team could not exercise. “We cannot exercise now,” ms. Sultani clarified. “There is no gymnasium in Ghazni that allows girls to play volleyball.
AP: In Afghanistan’s heavily patriarchal, male-dominated society, where women and girls are usually relegated to the home, bacha posh, Dari for “dressed as a boy,” is the one tradition allowing girls access to the freer male world. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 13, 2022 Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Taliban’s return to power following the complete withdrawal of the U.S.-led forces from Afghanistan in August has aggravated the humanitarian and economic situation in the war-torn country amid an abrupt deterioration of human rights. “The Taliban victory propelled Afghanistan from humanitarian crisis
Al Jazeera: Several Afghan women Al Jazeera spoke to say they have struggled to put food on the table as Taliban fails to revive the economy. Click here to read more (external link). Related The struggling shopkeepers of Afghanistan – in pictures The people of Afghanistan are starving; to turn our backs on them is
8am: The burden of her husband’s death made Shirin’s life bitter. Now, the Taliban have added to this bitterness. Before the Taliban came to power, she used to provide for herself and her children by sewing in a small shop, but now the Taliban have made life difficult for her. Click here to read more
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi January 10, 2022 The Taliban’s religious police have erected banners in Kabul that order women to wear the Islamic hijab. The posters show a woman wearing an all-encompassing burqa and a woman wearing the black chador that is commonly worn by in Iran. Text on the posters proclaims that “according to Shari’a