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Afghan Women's Support Forum

The Taliban have reportedly allowed female high school graduates in Afghanistan to enrol in state-run medical institutes for the new academic year that begins in March. ISLAMABAD — February 20, 2024 5:32 AM The enrollment process has begun in more than a dozen Afghan provinces, following a directive from the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul, […]

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AWSF Meeting

The last meeting of the AWSF was held on Tuesday, 20th February. Thanks are extended to all who contributed by link, or were able to attend.

‘I teach in secret, defying the Taliban ban and fighting despair.’

The biggest challenge of teaching girls and women in Afghanistan is not the security risk or the bad internet connection, but the creeping hopelessness. Maryam Ahmadi – A pseudonym for an Afghan peace and women’s activist I have sent the link and I am waiting for my students to join the Zoom session. I am […]

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Impacts of the Taliban’s ban on women’s work and education

by Matiullah Qazizada 9 February 2024 Upon reclaiming power, the Taliban banned girls from schools above year six and women from work, with few exceptions, such as in the health sector. These regressive and stringent policies have exacted a substantial socio-economic toll, not only jeopardising Afghanistan’s relationship with the international community but also impeding the flow […]

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Afghanistan: Women FCDO question and answer.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7 February 2024. Q. Lisa Nandy, Shadow Minister (International Development) To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he is taking to help ensure aid reaches (a) women and (b) girls in Afghanistan. A.Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister of State(Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Officer) UK aid […]

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International organizations sustain calls for women’s rights in Afghanistan

Earlier, the Acting Minister of Virtue and Vice had called the violation of women’s rights and their arrest because of “bad hijab” propaganda. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report once again expressed concern over the imposition of restrictions on women in Afghanistan, saying that the “Taliban have systematically violated the rights of women and […]

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IntelBrief: The Taliban continues its crackdown on women in Afghanistan

In the two and a half years since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the rights of Afghan women and girls continue to be severely restricted by the Taliban government, conditions which have been described by some international legal experts and human rights defenders as amounting to institutionalized gender apartheid.  According to a new report released […]

Afghanistan: Taliban’s arbitrary arrests and detention of women and girls over dress code must end immediately, UN experts say.

GENEVA (2 February 2024) – UN experts* today expressed deep concern at numerous reports that scores of women and girls in Afghanistan have been arbitrarily detained and subjected to ill-treatment since early January for allegedly violating the Taliban’s dress code for women. “We urge the Taliban to cease all arbitrary deprivation of liberty targeting women […]

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How Afghan women and girls are defying the Taliban with secret schools: ‘We are not alone’

Under the shadow of the Taliban’s oppressive rules, Afghan girls risk their lives, attending underground schools for a chance at freedom She takes steps swiftly, her breath echoing in her head. Her body trembles under her black burqa; nobody can see the terror in her eyes. Hidden her books beneath the veil, she notices a […]

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Aid Afghanistan for Education – our work

Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) has been working in the education sector for over two decades. AAE has been providing education to marginalized Afghan women and girls over the age of ten, who are denied access to the formal education system due to conflict age, marital status returnees without education documentation. The indomitable spirit of […]

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Women’s rights row hangs over Australia-Afghanistan Cricket World Cup match

Afghanistan eye a semifinal place in a rare match against Australia, who have cancelled several bilateral fixtures over the Taliban’s policies on women. By Melinda Farrell, Al Jazeera Published 7 Nov 2023 Pune, India – As Afghanistan trained and prepared for their World Cup campaign, their coach repeatedly hammered an idea into their collective consciousness: You are […]

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Afghanaid to host event honouring strength of the Afghan people amid adversity

The event will also mark the 40 year presence of Afghanaid in Afghanistan Afghanaid Press Release On Tuesday, 21 November at 6:30pm at the Royal Geographical Society, London, Afghanaid will be marking their 40th anniversary of serving resilient men, women and children of Afghanistan. To mark their 40th anniversary, the British humanitarian and development organisation […]

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Herat Security Dialogue-XI (HSD-XI) – in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Re-imagining Afghanistan – ways forward. 27/28 November, 2023 The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) will organize “Herat Security Dialogue-XI” on November 27-28, 2023 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Reimagining Afghanistan: Ways Forward”. As in previous years, the Conference will bring together representatives, experts and activists of Afghanistan, regional/neighboring […]

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Summary Report of country-wide women’s consultations – Perspectives of women across Afghanistan

Background This brief presents the perspectives of women across Afghanistan on their current situation and priorities. Since the Taliban (referred to as the de facto authorities) takeover in August 2021, they have introduced more than 50 decrees that directly curtail the rights and dignity of women.1 It is clear that the Taliban’s vision for Afghanistan […]

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Forgotten responsibility: Afghanistan today.

The War on Terror has come for the women of Afghanistan. Millions cannot work or go to school.

Taliban stop female Afghan students leaving country to study in Dubai

Taliban stop female Afghan students leaving country to study

Malalai Joya, Afghan human rights activist: “The Taliban want an uneducated population, because it is easier to control that way”

Malalai Joya (Farah, 1978) had only lived for four days when, in April 1978, a group of soldiers trained by the Soviet Union carried out a coup that would lead the USSR to invade Afghanistan shortly after. Perhaps that was just a premonition of what would mark a life fighting for human rights in her country: […]

From refugee to policymaker: why representation matters

Policymaking – at its best – delivers meaning outcomes for citizens. But it’s very difficult to achieve that if the evidence base is founded on assumptions about other people’s lives. Rabia Nasimi, Posted on:10 August 2023 – Categories:Case study, PublicPolicyDesign In my last role, I led a policy research team with the aim of placing the voice of Afghan […]

‘Growing up in an alien country wasn’t easy’

Twenty-three years after fleeing Afghanistan’s warzone aged just five years old, Rabia Nasimi tells how she adjusted to a new life and language in London. Now a civil servant, Rabia works in the Afghan Resettlement Team, using her experience to shape migration policy helping refugees. Original post on CIVIL SERVICE BLOG 6th April 2022 What do you […]