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  • July 15, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban-supporting cleric: Protesting women should be paraded naked in the streets of Kabul
    RAWANews: Zarmina Paryani, a woman who protested against the Taliban, was imprisoned and tortured by the regime. She managed to escape Afghanistan with several of her sisters and sought asylum in Germany. In a Facebook post, she revealed that the Taliban had forcibly stripped her naked in prison and took photos of her. Zarmina and her three sisters were arrested in Kabul in early 2022 and, after enduring three weeks of imprisonment and torture, were released. Her revelations had a widespread coverage on social media and sparked collective outrage against the Taliban.      Full news...

  • June 29, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female Hospital staff in Kabul go on strike due to salary reduction
    Khama Press: According to reports, staff from the Sihat-e-Tafal, Stomatology, Sheikh Zayed, and Wazir Akbar Khan hospitals have participated in the strike. Images released by the media on Saturday show dozens of women in medical uniforms gathering in front of these hospitals. Some of these women have criticized the Taliban’s decision to reduce the salaries of female employees as “unjust,” stating that 5,000 Afghanis is insufficient even for the most basic living expenses.      Full news...

  • May 3, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Badakhshan protesters reject Taliban’s ‘Islamic Emirates’ presence: Darayim
    Khaama Press: In videos circulated on social media, protesters in Badakhshan are heard expressing their opposition to the Taliban in the province, rejecting the “Islamic Emirates” presence. The residents of Darayim district, Badakhshan province, staged widespread protests against The Taliban on Friday, May 3rd. Residents of Badakhshan stated that protests continued following the killing of at least one person due to Taliban gunfire.      Full news...

  • April 28, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women and Girls’ Rights Stifled in the Shadow of International Indifference
    The Diplomat:When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in 2021, it publicly promised a future where women would be active participants in society, free to study and work within a framework outlined by the group. In a world eager for positive change, the international community hoped that this time, perhaps, the regime would be different from its previous iteration. Fast forward two and a half years and the reality facing Afghan women and girls is grim. As the Taliban have tightened their grip on Afghanistan, they have introduced over 50 decrees that directly curtail the rights of women and girls, weaving a tapestry of restrictions that binds women and girls in Afghanistan in a web of oppression.      Full news...

  • April 25, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detain 3 Afghan radio journalists for playing music, talking to female callers
    CPJ:Taliban authorities should immediately and unconditionally release radio reporters Ismail Saadat, Wahidullah Masum, and Ehsanullah Tasal and stop harassing the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.On Monday, the provincial directorate of the Taliban-controlled Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in eastern Khost Province summoned and detained Saadat of Naz FM Radio, Masum of Iqra FM Radio, and Tasal of Wolas Ghag, according to the exiled Afghanistan Journalists Center watchdog group, the London-based news broadcaster Afghanistan International, and a person familiar with the case, who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisals.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women stage rare protests, braving Taliban reprisals
    Aljazeera News: Small groups of Afghan women have gathered in private spaces to demand that harsh restrictions on their freedoms be lifted, despite recent Taliban crackdowns on protests that have seen activists detained. The demonstrations were staged in different locations, including the provinces of Takhar and Balkh, as the world celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, according to the activists from the Purple Saturdays group – an organisation formed to raise awareness and oppose restrictions on women’s freedoms.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2024 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RAWA: We take courage from our Kurdish sisters
    ANF News: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) sent a message to the internationalist women struggling in Rojava on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the international conspiracy that led to Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s abduction from Kenya and handover to Turkey on 15 February 1999.We, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, advocate united struggle and solidarity for the release of Abdullah Öcalan and all political prisoners.For more than half a century, Afghan women have been living under the heavy burden of imperialism and oppressive fundamentalist regimes. Recently, the Taliban regime has further oppressed women and ignored everything related to them. It has usurped women's rights and dignity, confined them to their homes and imposed compulsory head covering, arresting those who do not comply.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Detain Approximately 60 Residents of Panjshir in Two Weeks, Killing Five
    Hasht-e Subh: According to the findings of Hasht-e Subh Daily, the Taliban have arrested at least 59 residents of Panjshir province in the past two weeks, both from the province itself and Kabul.These arrests took place in various provinces provinces starting from October 16th of this year. The findings reveal that the Taliban detained 30 individuals from Pajwai, 15 from Dara-e-Abdullahkhel, two from Takhaw village, and two others from Abshar district in Panjshir province.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detain a woman protester and her son in Kabul without charge
    Rukhshana: An Afghan women protestor and her adult son have been detained by Taliban forces in a raid on the family home in Qala-e-Fatullah in Kabul. Mrs Parsi is one of the protesting women and a member of the women’s movement called the Spontaneous Women’s Movement in Kabul. She has participated in many demonstrations for women’s rights in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Detain Eight Courageous Afghan Women Protesting in Kabul
    8am: In a recent and concerning development, Taliban fighters have reportedly detained eight individuals associated with the “Union and Solidarity of Afghan Women” movement following an attack on a gathering of women protesters in Kabul. Sources reveal that the Taliban apprehended these eight individuals within Kabul city and have taken them into custody. The incident unfolded on Sunday, August 20th, when Taliban fighters executed the arrests from a confined location in the Khairkhana district of Kabul.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women protesters: Taliban are a disgrace to humanity!
    RAWANews: On the 15th August, two terrible years have passed when, according to the plans of the US and NATO, the brutal and misogynist creatures named Taliban, were replaced with the "republican" brothers and took the responsibility for the advancement of the United States colonial policies in our homeland; Two years that brought nothing but the collapse of the last manifestations of freedom, humanity and knowledge, poverty and cruelty for the people and especially the women of Afghanistan...      Full news...

  • June 21, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Plight of women and girls in Afghanistan is “worst in the world” says UN
    THE SCOTSMAN: The opposition party in Afghanistan has "strongly appealed" to the United Nations Security Council and the international community to refrain from legitimising the Taliban regime ahead of the UN’s quarterly meeting on Afghanistan. The National Resistance Council for the Salvation of Afghanistan (NRCSA) warned international authorities that recognising the Taliban as a legitimate government would be detrimental to the pursuit of peace, stability, and the rights of the Afghan people      Full news...

  • April 29, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women protest in Kabul demanding the Taliban aren't recognised
    EuroNews: A group of Afghan women protested in Kabul on Saturday, defying a crackdown on dissent to urge foreign nations not to formally recognise the Taliban government ahead of a United Nations summit next week.Protesters opposing creeping curbs on women’s rights have been beaten or detained since the Taliban surged back to power in 2021, and security forces have fired into the air to disperse some rallies.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women’s Protest For Education Halted In Kabul By Taliban
    Radio Liberty: At least 20 Afghan women marched in the capital, Kabul, on March 26 to demand the right to education for women and girls before being rounded up by a Taliban patrol. The demonstration comes amid UN and other international condemnation over ongoing strictures under the Taliban-led government to keep women and girls out of schools, jobs, media, and other aspects of life since the hard-line militant group took power after U.S.-led international forces left in 2021.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women Protesting in Kabul: “We will Never Surrender!”
    RAWANews: On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a group of Afghan women staged protest rally in Kabul despite restriction of misogynist Taliban on such gatherings. Women were chanting slogans “Raise up for your rights!”, “Woman, Life, Unity”, “Silence is a Shame”, “We will fight for our rights” etc…      Full news...

  • November 24, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women Protest in Kabul on Eve of UN Day Against Violence
    AlARABIYA NEWS: More than a dozen Afghan women protested briefly in Kabul Thursday, calling for their rights to be recognized on the eve of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Afghan women have been squeezed out of public life since the Taliban’s return to power in August last year, but small groups have staged flash protests that are usually quickly shut down, sometimes violently.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Arrests Women Human Rights Activists and Journalists in Afghan Capital
    Khaama Press: According to sources, the Taliban arrested women journalists and activists in Kabul, including Zarifa Yaqoubi, one of the demonstrators who attended a press conference announcing the formation of the Afghan Women’s Movement for Equality, on Thursday, November 3. The gun-wielding Taliban forces including women police officers invaded a women’s press conference held in Dasht-e-Barchi, a Hazara neighborhood in west Kabul, arbitrarily arresting women activists, journalists, and their male colleagues, sources told Khaama Press.      Full news...

  • October 7, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women protest Hazara “genocide” after Kabul bombing kills dozens
    France 24: A bomber blew himself up on Friday at a Kabul study hall as hundreds of pupils were taking tests in preparation for university entrance exams in the city’s Dasht-e-Barchi area. The western neighbourhood is a predominantly Shiite Muslim enclave and home to the minority Hazara community - a historically oppressed group that has been targeted in some of Afghanistan’s most brutal attacks in recent years.      Full news...

  • September 29, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban fire into air to disperse women’s rally backing Iran protests
    Yahoo News: Taliban forces on Thursday used gunfire to disperse a women’s rally in the Afghan capital supporting protests in Iran over the death of a woman in morality police custody. Both Afghanistan and Iran are run by hardline Islamist governments that enforce strict dress codes on women. Chanting the same “Women, life, freedom” mantra used in Iran, about 25 women protested in front of Kabul’s Iranian embassy before Taliban forces fired into the air, an AFP correspondent reported.      Full news...

  • September 10, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girls protest against the closure of their school in Paktia
    ANI: Several human rights and education activists had urged world leaders in an open letter recently to mount diplomatic pressure on the Taliban to reopen secondary schools for girls in the war-torn country as the Taliban’s brutal regime in Afghanistan will soon complete a year in August. Young girls and women have been compromising with their aspirations as it has been almost 300 days since their development has been distorted, the activists said adding, that if this situation persists, their aims and hopes will suffer greatly, reported Khaama Press.      Full news...

  • August 13, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female protesters beaten by Taliban fighters during rare Kabul rally
    The Guardian: Taliban fighters beat female protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days before the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists’ return to power. Since seizing control on 15 August last year, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • July 26, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban’s ‘suffocating crackdown’ destroying lives of women and girls – new report
    Amnesty International: The lives of women and girls in Afghanistan are being devastated by the Taliban’s crackdown on their human rights, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. Since they took control of the country in August 2021, the Taliban have violated women’s and girls’ rights to education, work and free movement; decimated the system of protection and support for those fleeing domestic violence; detained women and girls for minor violations of discriminatory rules; and contributed to a surge in the rates of child, early and forced marriage in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • 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 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...

  • April 17, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistan Air Strikes Continue to Face Strong Reactions
    Tolo TV: On Friday night, the Pakistani air strikes targeted civilians in Esperai district in Khost, killing dozens of people. Strong reactions continue at national level against Pakistani military’s air strikes and rocket attacks on Afghan provinces with many blaming Pakistan for violation of Afghanistan’s sovereignty.      Full news...

  • April 14, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women and Journalists are Targets of Violence in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan, Report Says
    The Intercept: EIGHT MONTHS AFTER a U.S.-supported government in Afghanistan was defeated by the Taliban, violence against civilians and politically motivated violence persist in the country even as incidents have become harder to report and verify amid an intensifying information blackout, a report published today reveals. Journalists and women, particularly those participating in or covering demonstrations in opposition to Taliban rule, have been increasingly targeted, as have members of the former government and security forces.      Full news...

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