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The Olympics should stand with Afghanistan’s women athletes

By Friba Rezayee – July 17, 2024. Ms. Rezayee, one of Afghanistan’s first two female Olympians, is the founder and executive director of Women Leaders of Tomorrow, a nonprofit to empower Afghan women and girls through education and sports. When the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in 2021, one of its first actions was to bar […]

What to expect as Taliban joins third UN-held talks on Afghanistan in Qatar

It is the first time the Taliban is attending the talks but female representatives from Afghanistan have been excluded. By Osama Bin Javaid Published On 1 Jul 20241 Jul 2024 Taliban security personnel stand guard as an Afghan woman walks along a street at a market in the Baharak district of Badakhshan province, on on February […]

Afghanistan women call on ICC to form refugee team

Stephan Shemilt Chief Cricket Writer Members of the former Afghanistan women’s team have called on the International Cricket Council to help them form a refugee team based in Australia. Formed in 2010, the Afghanistan women’s team disbanded in 2021 when the Taliban returned to power and banned women from universities, parks, sports and raided the […]

Systemic gender oppression in Afghanistan may amount to crimes against humanity

© UN Women/Sayed Habib Bidell Girls and women across Afghanistan lack access to secondary education since the Taliban takeover. 18 June 2024 Human Rights The systemic oppression against Afghan women and girls is “so severe and extensive that they appear to form a widespread and systematic attack” which could amount to crimes against humanity said Richard Bennett, the […]

‘A Big Betrayal’: Afghan women sound the alarm ahead of key international event that will include Taliban

By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi andAbubakar Siddique 20 June 2024 Leading Afghan women’s rights activists have sounded the alarm ahead of a major international conference on Afghanistan hosted by the United Nations. Rights campaigners have slammed the world body for inviting the Taliban to the June 30-July 1 event in Qatar, a move that they say provides tacit […]

The Unbearable Weight of 1000 Days: Afghan girls and their Stolen Future 

In 1893, for the first time in modern democratic history, women voted in the national elections in New Zealand.[1] 131 years ago this was a model for equality in the political arena. Yet the arc of history does not always bend towards justice. In the heart of Asia in a country known to the world for […]

Afghan women’s football: ‘We stood up against the Taliban’ says ex-captain Khalida Popal

SKY NEWS Tuesday 18 June 2024 11:45, UK Khalida Popal says she and her teammates faced harassment, abuse and attacks from people in her country but they persevered to “be a voice for our voiceless sisters.” “Representing our country was the most beautiful memory”, says Khalida Popal who captained the first women’s national football […]

UN expert slams Taliban crimes against Afghan women, rirls

Report Calls for Accountability, End to Serious Abus Heather Barr Associate Director, Women’s Rights Division heatherbarr1heatherbarr1 On June 18, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, will present to the UN Human Rights Council his latest report, which powerfully calls for the Taliban to be held accountable for their crimes against […]

What happened to the women who took on the Taliban?

Mahjooba Nowrouzi BBC Afghan Service After the Taliban restricted Afghan women’s ability to work, learn and go out in public, some women initially defied these new rules, taking to the streets to protest. But soon, those who gathered in the capital Kabul and other major cities to demand “food, work, freedom” felt the full force […]

Rebuilding the women’s movement in Afghanistan, one organisation at a time.

14 MAY 2024 After the Taliban takeover, former magazine-owner Siamoy* redirected her work towards women’s empowerment and capacity-building. Focusing on the most vulnerable women, including illiterate women and women with disabilities, her NGO now provides training and start-up funding for women-led businesses in five provinces. “UN Women gave us hope – the kind of hope […]

Afghan woman writes about her decade long journey from her home country to America

Author Zarifa Adiba believes all the women in Afghanistan should be free. By ABC NEWS May 10, 2024, 8:01 PM Author Zarifa Adiba discusses her journey from Afghanistan to international music fame in her new book “Playing for Freedom: The Journey of a Young Afghan Girl.” Adiba said she was just like other Afghan […]

Afghan activist who was ‘erased’ by Taliban reveals how women are ‘suffering’ in Iran

An Afghan women’s rights activist reveals to Sky News the stark differences – and what is not so different – in how the Iranian and Afghan regimes treat women. A young women’s rights activist from Afghanistan recently left the country and travelled to Iran. Women in both countries have few rights – but the activist […]

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Amnesty International calls for reopened schools for Afghan women and girls

By TOLO News, TV Network 05 APRIL 2024 Meanwhile, a number of girl students are once again demanding the reopening of schools and universities. Amnesty International in a report called for the immediate reopening of schools and universities for girls in Afghanistan. According to the report, following the return to power of the Islamic Emirate in […]

Taliban vow to start stoning women to death in public for adultery in Afghanistan, as supreme leader blasts the West’s support for women’s rights

The Taliban originally promised a more moderate rule but began carrying out severe punishments in public shortly after coming to power. By MAILONLINE REPORTER PUBLISHED: 10:14, 26 March 2024 | UPDATED: 11:16, 26 March 2024 The Taliban will soon start stoning women to death in public, the radical group’s Supreme Leader announced as he declared war against Western democracy. Addressing Western officials […]

France-based Begum TV channel offers a lifeline to Afghan women

In a tiny television studio in the French capital, two unveiled Afghan women face the camera on a mission to provide a lifeline to their fellow countrywomen back home.  By:NEWS WIRES “Tonight we’ll be discussing the different forms of violence against women in Afghanistan,” says 25-year-old Diba Akbari, speaking in front of a green screen. A […]

Australia slammed for Afghanistan cricket snub over ‘rights for women’

Cricket Australia says it has postponed the men’s bilateral T20 series as ‘conditions for women and girls in Afghanistan are getting worse’. By Al Jazeera Staff Published On 19 Mar 202419 Mar 2024 Cricket Australia (CA) has been slammed after it postponed a bilateral men’s T20 cricket series against Afghanistan citing “deteriorating human rights for women […]

Why Afghan women are leaving Afghanistan

As the world celebrates women’s rights, Afghan women are losing hope they will regain theirs. Maryam Ahmadi (AL JAZEERA) A pseudonym for an Afghan peace and women’s activist Afghan women sit along a road as they wait for the reopening of Torkham International Border Crossing in Torkham of Nangarhar province on September 11, 2023 [Shafiullah […]

Afghan women stage rare protests, braving Taliban reprisals

As handfuls gather on International Women’s Day, UN rights rapporteur calls for release of detained rights activists. 8 Mar 2024- ALJAZEERA Taliban security personnel stand guard as an Afghan woman walks along a street at a market in the Baharak district of Badakhshan province, on on February 26, 2024 [File: Wakil Kohsar/AFP] Small groups of […]

Crossroads of Change: Educating Afghanistan’s Tomorrow.

We believe every child should have access to learning.  By enrolling street-working children into private schools, we break the cycle of poverty and empower these students through education, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Online dialogue to discuss the situation for girls – and solutions. Learn more at: