Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

The Taliban have told airlines in Afghanistan that women cannot board domestic or international flights without a male chaperone, two sources said on Sunday. The move comes after the Taliban backtracked on their previous commitment to open high schools to girls, a u-turn that shocked many Afghans and drew condemnation from humanitarian agencies and foreign… Read More Afghanistan Taliban ban women from flying without male chaperone

Afghanistan Taliban orders girl high schools to remain closed

The Taliban on Wednesday backtracked on their announcement that high schools would open for girls, saying they would remain closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law for them to reopen. Teachers and students from three high schools around the capital Kabul said girls had returned in excitement to campuses on… Read More Afghanistan Taliban orders girl high schools to remain closed

Afghan Taliban release media rules, ban TV shows with female actors

The Taliban administration has released a set of restrictions on Afghan media, including banning television dramas that included female actors and ordering women news presenters to wear “Islamic hijab”. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue set out nine rules this week, a Taliban administration spokesman said on Tuesday, largely centred on banning any media that… Read More Afghan Taliban release media rules, ban TV shows with female actors

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