Taliban restrictions on women’s work are now threatening to end the jobs of women trying to report on the problems.
Rukhshana Media spoke to several women in Nangarhar province who had previously worked freely as journalists.
They said the presence of women in media had “diminished or reached zero” since the Taliban takeover.
They worry that if the situation continues, all female journalists will lose their jobs in audio and visual media.
One reporter, who studied journalism and has worked for years in media, said most women journalists in the area had families who depended on their income. She and her colleagues are demanding the Taliban remove restrictions on women’s work, especially in the media, and provide them with work opportunities. Otherwise, women in the industry will have to emigrate.
Yosuf Zarifi, head of the Committee for the Safety of Afghan Journalists of the Eastern Zone, said 18 women used to work in Nangarhar visual media. There are now none. He added that radio stations were also struggling to keep women on staff.
After taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban imposed many restrictions on women’s media work, including a ban on them appearing on screens.