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  • May 29, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women Protest in Afghan Capital Against Taliban Rights Restrictions
    Gandhara: Chanting “Bread, work, freedom,” some two dozen women took to the streets of the Afghan capital of Kabul on May 29 to protest against the Taliban’s harsh restrictions on their rights. The Taliban has rolled back women’s rights since returning to power in August 2021. Girls have been banned from school beyond the sixth grade in most of Afghanistan. In March, the Taliban ordered girls’ high schools closed on the morning they were scheduled to open.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Scatters Women’s Protests in Kabul
    8am: A dozen of women launched a demonstration against the closure of education doors to girls and obstructing the right to work for women in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to sources, while women protestors were chanting the slogans, the Taliban fighters scattered the march by shooting.      Full news...

  • May 26, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former female radio host among nine killed in Mazar-e-Sharif explosions
    Rukhshana: At least nine civilians were killed and 15 wounded in Wednesday’s back-to-back explosions which targeted passenger vehicles in Mazar-e-Sharif city in northern Afghanistan, confirmed reports said. All victims were members of ethnic Hazara and religious Shia community, including Maryam Madadi, a former female journalist. Madadi worked at Rabia Balkhi radio station in Balkh, according to Mobina Saiee, the radio station’s former manager.      Full news...

  • May 19, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ’Naughty women’ should stay home, says secretive Taliban official
    CNN: Sirajudin Haqqani, a secretive Taliban leader, spoke to CNN in an on-camera interview aired Tuesday. He said "good news" is in store for Afghan girls who want to attend secondary school. At the same time, he joked that the Taliban wants to “keep naughty women at home.” When asked to clarify his comment, Haqqani said: “By saying naughty women, it was a joke referring to those naughty women who are controlled by some other sides to bring the current government into question.”      Full news...

  • May 19, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban say female Afghan TV presenters must cover faces on air
    Al Jazeera: Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have told television broadcasters to ensure that female presenters working in local stations cover their faces when on air, a government official said.The order follows a recent directive from Taliban authorities that Afghan women must cover their faces in public and is seen as the latest sign of a possible return to the Taliban’s ultraconservative rule of the past and an escalation of restrictions on women that are causing anger at home and abroad.      Full news...

  • May 17, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The secret girls school defying the Taliban
    BBC: Hidden away in a residential neighbourhood is one of Afghanistan’s new “secret” schools - a small but powerful act of defiance against the Taliban.Around a dozen teenage girls are attending a maths class. “We know about the threats and we worry about them,” the sole teacher tells us, but she adds, girls’ education is worth “any risk”.      Full news...

  • May 10, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women protest Taliban decree to cover faces
    CNA: KABUL: About a dozen women protested in the Afghan capital on Tuesday (May 10) against the Taliban’s new edict that females must fully cover their faces and bodies when in public. Afghanistan’s supreme leader and Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a mandate over the weekend ordering women to cover up fully, ideally with the traditional all-covering burqa.      Full news...

  • May 9, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A poll by a research organization shows that 71% of people oppose the Taliban’s
    Pixstory: A poll by an Afghan research organization shows that the majority of Afghans disagree with the Taliban’s values ​​and way of governing. The popularity of the Taliban among the people is 7% in total. In this survey, 81% of people in Afghanistan’s cities and villages support women’s education and work. In this study, the Afghanistan Research and Analysis Organization interviewed nearly 10,000 Afghans in 2020 and 2021, according to which more than 77 percent of the population rejected the Taliban’s way of governing, especially its religious extremism.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban order Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public
    Reuters: Afghanistan’s Taliban government ordered women on Saturday to cover their faces in public, a return to a signature policy of their past hardline rule and an escalation of restrictions that are causing anger at home and abroad. A decree from the group’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, said that if a woman did not cover her face outside home, her father or closest male relative would be visited and face potential prison or firing from state jobs.      Full news...

  • May 5, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The strangled body of a female teacher was found in Nimroz
    Afghan Women News Agency: Popular sources in Nimroz province reported finding the strangled body of a woman, which was found on Wednesday afternoon (May 4, 2022) in the Nad Ali area north of Zaranj, the capital of the province. Sources say the woman was a teacher and was abducted by unknown individuals at 2pm and then her strangled body was found at 5pm that day.      Full news...

  • May 4, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    97 percent of the Afghan population now facing food shortages: UN
    CNN: Millions of Afghans are now experiencing intense food shortages following the Taliban’s takeover in August. As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid, experts say that for most Afghans, it was simply another day of struggle to put food on the table. According to the United Nations, 97 per cent of Afghans are experiencing food shortages. Following the Taliban’s takeover in August, most Western aid was stopped. Hospitals and schools are unable to pay their employees, and many people are unable to purchase food, exacerbating an already dire crisis.      Full news...

  • May 4, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Poverty Bears More Child Brides
    VOA: For several months Pashtana kept rejecting marriage proposals made for her 14-year-old daughter, Zarghona, until she had to make a final decision. “I had to choose between the survival of my four little children and giving Zarghona to marriage,” Pashtana told VOA over the phone from the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, where last year her husband, an army soldier, was killed in clashes with then Taliban insurgents.The young widow made every effort to provide for her children, but there was no job for her under a Taliban regime that has banned work for women.      Full news...