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In Afghanistan, threatening the very survival of women

A new Taliban decree forbids Afghan women from working for foreign aid groups. We talk to two experts in the country about its impact.

In Conversation: Journalist Zahra Joya and Scholar/Activist Esha Momeni on the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, Iran and beyond

There are forces driving the erosion of women’s rights in Afghanistan, Iran and beyond, including in the United States.

‘We have to fight back.’ Afghan women are losing their hard-won right to work under the Taliban

Afghan women's participation in the workforce rose steadily in the 20 years after the Taliban were ousted from government. Since they returned to power, those gains have been rapidly eroding. Now activists fear a new edict mandating the burqa in public could destroy them altogether.

Forced back into the burqa, Afghan women speak out

Afghan women are speaking out in protest of the Taliban’s decree mandating women wear a burqa or niqab at all times in public.

“Afghanistan is hell for queer and trans people”

There are many dangers faced by the Afghan Queer community after the Taliban’s return to power.

What the Taliban means for queer Afghans

During the US occupation, little was done to build a support network for the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan. Now their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee.

What it takes to tell Afghan women’s stories

Founder of Rukhshana Media and one of TIME’s 2020 Women of the Year, Zahra Joya on what it takes to report in defiance of the Taliban.

Dating in the time of the Taliban

For most Young Afghans coming of age under US occupation, the Taliban was a history lesson. For them, mingling in restaurants and dating was normal. Now, everything has changed.

Afghanistan’s new government imposes discriminatory restrictions on healthcare

A new requirement from the Taliban— that women be accompanied by a male chaperone when seeking healthcare—is preventing many Afghan women from getting the treatment they need at a time when the country is facing a severe economic crisis, food insecurity and a massive spike in COVID-19 cases.

Dispatches from Afghanistan: She attended a protest. Then the Taliban showed up at her door

An Afghan woman is attacked by a Taliban soldier during a protest. Then one shows up at her door the next day. Now she must flee.

‘My Classmates Have No Hope’

“We were the ones hoping to shape the future, but they took that future away from us,” a teen girl writes, describing the “terror” of attending a high school in northern Afghanistan under Taliban control—the latest dispatch in our series with Rukhshana Media, “Ending America’s Forever War: What is next for Afghan women?”

'We Must Stay Strong': As Freedoms Erode, An Aspiring Student Calls for Solidarity, Hope

A young Afghan woman seeks solidarity and hope for women and girls despite Taliban oppression.

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

A female journalist in Kabul adjusts to life under the Taliban’s shadow.

She Survived Two School Attacks. Now She Fears Pursuing Education Will Make Her a Taliban Target

A 19-year-old dressmaker in Kabul fears her dreams of continuing her education will make her a target for the Taliban.

Dispatches From Afghanistan: Engineer Faces Forced Marriage to Taliban Member

An Afghan agricultural engineer fought for her education and her career. Now she's being forced to marry a member of the Taliban.

Dispatches From Afghanistan: 'I Went Out and Shouted for Freedom'

An Afghan college student had only heard stories about what life was like under the Taliban. Then months before graduation, "everything fell apart."

Dispatches From Afghanistan: Life of Fear Replaces Life of Dreams After Taliban Takeover

Once the breadwinner for eight people, an Afghan woman says she now feels "in prison" since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.

Struggling to survive: Afghan journalist describes harrowing escape

"During the days that I lived under the dark shadow of the Taliban, I felt like a bird in a cage. Like a bird with wings, but no permission to fly," Afghan journalist Zahra Joya…
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