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These women were looked down on when they worked in the army. Now they’ve been abandoned in a “dungeon”

By Laila Yousufy For nearly ten years, Major Sama* worked in the former Ministry of Defense in the Afghan capital Kabul, without her classmates and relatives knowing about her job. On August 15, when the Taliban took over Kabul, she lost everything overnight: her career, income, and security.  On that Sunday, when she fled her workplace and rushed home, she was frightened. The first thing she did was destroy her two cell phone sim cards, fearing the Taliban might use them to track her down.  Her colleagues who didn’t change their sim cards received threatening phone...

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Taliban ideology and the question of women

By A. Froogh Since August 15, with the Taliban's return to power, women’s social and political rights have been under attack. The Taliban has deprived millions of women and girls of the right to work and education. The Taliban is systematically purging all women from state institutions, media, economy, and civil society.  In an attempt to establish gender apartheid, the...

Why the name, Rukhshana?

In Afghanistan, when we think of the word “stoning”, we remember the names of women who have lost their lives to this notorious practice. Women are always victims of stoning, while conservative Mullahs are often the ones prescribing it. It was October 2015 when a 30-second video that depicted the last moments of a young woman surfaced on Afghan social...

Whips and Silent Gazes

Note: Dari version of this article was published on 15 April 2021 By Fariba Hasani After four days of hesitation, I summoned my courage and watched the saddening scene of a woman being whipped, reportedly taken place in the Oba district of Herat province. The video has been circulated on social media for several days. In reaction, some men have...

Fear and concern; women’s achievements under threat

Note: Dari version of this article was published on 17 July 2021 By Elaha Mohammadi From the difficulties of getting a social presence to sexual harassment on the streets and workplaces, women in Afghanistan’s patriarchal society face many challenges. In this country, men often look down on women and treat them inhumanely. Throughout history women have been viewed as “body,...

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