Afghan women stage rights protest a day after Taliban leader’s remark

Dozens of women gathered on the streets of Herat, a city in western Afghanistan, on Thursday, protesting against the Taliban and demanding more rights and inclusion in a new future government that may be announced as soon as Friday. “Don’t be afraid,” the women chanted as they marched toward the governor’s office, holding signs. “We … Read more

Women will be expected to wear the hijab but not the burqa, says Taliban spokesman

Women will be expected to wear the hijab but not the burqa, a Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday amid fears that women would be repressed under them. Last time when they were in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban had placed severe restrictions on women’s rights, including making full burqa compulsory. “The burqa is not the only … Read more

Taliban vow to honor women’s rights but within Islamic law

A Taliban spokesman promised Tuesday that the insurgents who overran Afghanistan in recent days would respect women’s rights and would not exact revenge, seeking to calm a wary population and skeptical world powers. In his first news conference, Zabihullah Mujahid, who had been a shadowy figure for years, doubled down on the Taliban’s efforts to … Read more

Taliban announces ‘amnesty’, urges women to join government

The Taliban announced Tuesday an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a nervous capital city that only the day before saw chaos at its airport as people tried to flee their rule. The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, represent the … Read more