Qatar urges Afghanistan’s Taliban government to respect women’s rights

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday the Gulf state has urged Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers to respect women’s rights and that it was still too early to consider recognising their government. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was speaking in a joint news conference with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha. Le Drian said… Read More Qatar urges Afghanistan’s Taliban government to respect women’s rights

Two Afghan journalists beaten in Taliban custody for covering women protests in Kabul

Two Afghan journalists were beaten in police custody this week after covering a protest by women in Kabul where they were detained by the Taliban, their editor said. Zaki Daryabi, founder and editor-in-chief of the Etilaat Roz newspaper, shared images on social media of two male reporters, one with large, red welts across his lower… Read More Two Afghan journalists beaten in Taliban custody for covering women protests in Kabul

Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

A senior Taliban leader has said that the role of women in Afghanistan, including their right to work and education and how they should dress, would ultimately be decided by a council of Islamic scholars. “Our ulema (scholars) will decide whether girls are allowed to go to school or not,” Waheedullah Hashimi, who has access… Read More Taliban leader says role of women in Afghanistan to be decided by Islamic scholars

Gunmen kill three female health workers in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen killed three female polio vaccination health workers in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, officials said, adding that a blast had also rocked the provincial health department headquarters but left no casualties. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunisation programme at Afghanistan’s Health Ministry said the explosion took place at the entrance… Read More Gunmen kill three female health workers in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen fatally shoot female journalist and rights activist Malalai Maiwand in Afghanistan

Gunmen shot and killed a female television journalist, who was also a women’s rights activist, in Afghanistan on Thursday, an incident that underscores an increasing trend of violence against journalists in the country. Malalai Maiwand, a reporter at Enikas Radio and TV in Nangarhar, was killed along with her driver in an attack on their… Read More Gunmen fatally shoot female journalist and rights activist Malalai Maiwand in Afghanistan