In another horrific move, the Taliban (under UN sanctions for terrorism) have refused to allow female students to leave Kabul to study in Kazakhstan and Qatar, as reported by Sputnik citing sources. On Friday, sources said both female and male students planned to leave Kabul, but only male students were allowed to leave Afghanistan for study.
Following the withdrawal of US troops from the country and the collapse of the US-backed government, an interim Afghan government led by the Taliban came to power in September 2021. The Taliban has banned Afghan women from working outside the home and has gender segregated in schools. Girls are no longer allowed to attend school after the sixth grade.
In addition, the Taliban has forced all women to cover their faces in public, and women are not allowed to participate in entertainment activities and visit parks at the same time as men.
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After the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021 and imposed policies that severely curtailed basic rights, especially those of women and girls. Taliban decrees prohibit women from traveling unless accompanied by a male relative and require women’s faces to be covered in public, including female TV newscasters.
In addition, the Taliban dismantled the system for responding to gender-based violence, created new barriers for women to access health care, blocked female aid workers from doing their jobs, and attacked women’s rights activists.
Since taking control of the country in August 2021, the Taliban have violated women’s and girls’ rights to education, work and free movement, and decimated the system of protection and support for those fleeing domestic violence.
The group has also detained women and girls for minor violations of discriminatory rules and has contributed to a rise in child, early and forced marriages in Afghanistan. Several rights groups have called on the Taliban to make significant policy changes and measures to uphold the rights of women and girls.
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The Taliban had previously promised an inclusive society and equality during their first press conference after the takeover of Afghanistan, but their actions paint a different picture.
There are restrictions on women’s movement, education and freedom of expression that threaten their very existence. According to locals, the Taliban have prevented women from using smartphones, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs often extorts money to provide essential protection.
About 80 percent of women who work in media have lost their jobs, and nearly 18 million women in the country are fighting for health, education and social rights.