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  • January 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Ban Afghan Girls From University Entrance Exam
    VOA: ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Islamist Taliban have indefinitely barred girls from taking private university entrance exams, tightening their ban on women’s education in the country. Ziaullah Hashmi, a spokesperson for the Taliban higher education ministry, Saturday confirmed to VOA they had sent out a letter to private Afghan universities across the country ordering them not to enroll female students for the upcoming spring semester.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls forced to marry share their stories
    Amu TV:A research organization that asked not to be identified for security reasons said they have recorded at least 2,200 cases of forced marriages in the past year, of which 900 were girls married off to Taliban members. “I was not ready but was forced to marry” Shukria, from Balkh province, is being forced to marry after being stopped from attending university. She said her family insists she marries in order to prevent the Taliban from forcing her “to marry one of their members.”      Full news...

  • January 19, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 78 people die as winter temperatures plunge in Afghanistan
    CNN: At least 78 people have died in freezing conditions in Afghanistan in the last nine days, a Taliban official said Thursday, deepening a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people now living under the control of the radical Islamist group. Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban’s Ministry of Disaster Management, told CNN that along with the loss of human life, more than 77,000 livestock had also frozen to death in recent days.      Full news...


  • January 12, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven people flogged and jailed in Daikundi after fornication accusation
    Rukhshana: Four women and three men have been flogged and sent to jail in Daikundi province after the Taliban accused them of fornication. The Taliban provincial court found the seven people guilty of having sexual relations outside of marriage, and gave them various prison sentences ranging from 10 days to one-year imprisonment. Two reliable sources told Rukhshana Media that the court hearing was on Monday January 2. The people are known as Mohammad Paikarzada, Sadruddin, Amir Hussain, Mahtab, Gultaab, Fayeza and Raihana.      Full news...

  • December 25, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban orders NGOs to ban female employees from coming to work
    CNN:The Taliban administration on Saturday ordered all local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to stop their female employees from coming to work, according to a letter by the Ministry of Economy sent to all licensed NGOs. Non-compliance will result in the licenses of said NGOs being revoked, the ministry said. Non-compliance will result in revoking the licenses of said NGOs, the ministry said.      Full news...

  • December 21, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban ban Afghan women from university education
    The Guardian: Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have ordered an indefinite ban on university education for the country’s women, the ministry of higher education said in a letter issued to all government and private universities. “You all are informed to implement the mentioned order of suspending education of females until further notice,” said the letter signed by the minister for higher education, Neda Mohammad Nadeem.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    75 People Publicly Executed, Flogged by Taliban in Past Two Weeks
    8am: The Taliban 2:0 have resumed public executions similar to their previous rule in the 1990s. The high-ranking officials of the Taliban personally attend the place of corporal punishment of the convicted civilians and invited spectators to watch the flogging. The order issued by Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s secretive leader, regarding the implementation of “Qisas punishment or retribution in kind” has been implemented in the last two weeks. So that in the span of two weeks, the Taliban have flogged 75 suspects in public and shot dead one suspect under the name of “retaliation or retribution in kind” by the hands of the victim’s father.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban publicly whip seven people, including a woman in Ghor
    Rukhshana Media: Seven people, including a woman, were publicly flogged by the Taliban for drinking alcohol, running away from home, and adultery in the provincial stadium in Ghor province on Sunday, December 4, local Taliban officials say. Taliban state-owned media, Bakhtar News Agency, reports that five people, including a woman accused of drinking alcohol and running away from home, were lashed 39 times while two others were lashed 27 times for adultery.      Full news...


  • November 28, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A young woman shot dead in Balkh
    Rukhshana: Unknown gunmen shot dead a young girl in district 9 of Mazar-e-Sharif today afternoon, November 28, local sources say. According to the sources, the incident happened around 1:00 PM in Naw Abad area of the city. The victim is identified as 24-year-old Habiba Rahimi, who was a doctor in a local hospital in the province.      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 23, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban publically whip 12 people including three women in Logar
    Rukhshana: Twelve people, including three women, have been publicly whipped by the Taliban forces for alleged adultery and theft in a local stadium of Logar province, on Wednesday, November 23, Taliban local officials report.Ahamadullah Anas, the Taliban’s spokesperson for Logar police, says the Appeal Court sentenced them to 21 to 31 lashes in public. Mr. Anas says that nearly ten thousand people attended the trial.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children as young as 7 forced to marry Taliban members
    Zan Times: Shazia is seven years old, the age when Afghan children start school. But an education isn’t an option for Shazia, who lives in Kandahar city, the spiritual home of the Taliban. A month ago, her father forced her to marry a 22-year-old member of the Taliban, a relative tells Zan Times. “One day after the wedding, Shazia was whimpering and wanted to go back to her father’s house, but her in-laws did not allow her,” says the relation. The mullah imam who performed the wedding of this child says, “This marriage was done with the consent of the agents of both parties.”      Full news...

  • November 3, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman found dead in Kabul
    Rukhshana: The body of a woman was found under a rock in police district six of Kabul this morning, November 3, a local source said. A local source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the local residents informed the Taliban police district and they transferred the body from the area.      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 29, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Women Protesters Gather In Front of Schools in Kabul
    Afghanistan International: Afghan women protesters gathered in front of several schools in different areas of Kabul city and protested against the closures of secondary and high schools for girls. The women protesters held placards with the slogan “education without fear”. It has been reported that, among others, the Afghan women held these protests in front of Al Fath school in Macroriyan area and Maleka Sorraya school in the Taimani area of Kabul city.      Full news...

  • October 20, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ghor woman found dead day before stoning order by Taliban
    Rukhshana: A young woman has been found dead in an alleged suicide one day before she was reportedly to be executed by stoning. Salima, 24, was sentenced to death by stoning last week after the Taliban arrested her with a man, Sirajuddin, who was not her family member. They were both from Dolina district and allegedly ran away from their homes on October 10 to get married. However, they were apprehended by Taliban forces, who shot and killed Sirajuddin.      Full news...


  • October 17, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Bar Women from Pursuing Certain University Subjects
    VOA: The Taliban have imposed yet more restrictions on girls’ education in Afghanistan as the group barred girls from choosing certain subjects in the country’s national university entrance exam this year. The form given to female students at the exam, received by the VOA Afghanistan Service, shows that female students did not have the option of choosing civil engineering, journalism, veterinary, agriculture and geology in this year’s exam held at the beginning of this month.      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...

  • October 6, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nine things you need to know about the situation in Afghanistan right now
    OCHA: People in Afghanistan are no strangers to hardships, having endured 40 years of conflict, poverty, displacement, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is now also facing a failing health system and an economy on the brink of collapse. Even before the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan was one of the worst in the world. Nearly half of the country’s 40 million people, or 18.4 million people, already needed humanitarian assistance. One in three Afghans faces food insecurity, and more than half of all children under age 5 are likely to face acute malnutrition.      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 24, 2022 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban strictness in Bamyan; the Religious Police speak to female students with a whip in hand
    8am: Female students in Bamyan are complaining about the Taliban’s strictness in enforcing good and forbidding evil. Insulting, humiliating, whipping and inspecting clothes under the pretext of not observing hijab are some of the things these students face. Female students complain about the harsh treatment of Taliban’s Religious Police and describe the way they are examined as “inhumane”; but women’s rights activists believe that Taliban officials want to discourage girls from continuing their education by increasing strictness.      Full news...



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