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‘Can You Imagine How Difficult It Is to Feel Exiled in Your Own City?’

By Hadis This series was published in partnership with Rukhshana Media and The Fuller Project. I will never forget 15 August 2021, the ominous day that took away almost everything from me. Now, like all women in Afghanistan, I can no longer achieve my goals and dreams because the day the Taliban entered Kabul, it was as though they burned our dreams and aspirations. I am a female journalist working for a radio station. The day the Taliban entered Kabul, I went to a hotel to cover a press conference on women’s rights. When I left the office...

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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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This 22-year-old was weeks away from graduating university. Then the Taliban came.

By Laila Yousufy On Sunday, August 15, final-year university student Gulbakht Nikzad gathered in a classroom with her classmates to discuss plans for their graduation ceremony in Kabul’s Education University. They were excited: four years of hard work was being celebrated.  But suddenly they heard shouting. “Run, run quickly!” someone screamed from the corridor, Nikzad remembers. “The Taliban has entered...

‘I Want to Continue My Education’

By Nafiza This story was published in partnership with Rukhshana Media and The Fuller Project. One day before the fall of Kabul, I attended a university preparation course, and I couldn’t have imagined that the circumstances would change so quickly. The day Kabul fell, I was in total shock for two days and followed the news on social media in complete disbelief. I...