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As the World Looks Away, Violence Is on the Rise Again in Afghanistan
May 11, 2022

As the World Looks Away, Violence Is on the Rise Again in Afghanistan

By Habib Khan Totakhil and Justine Fleischner
New data on violent trends in Afghanistan shows a marked shift in terrorism and violence toward women, journalists, and educators under Taliban rule.

Taliban Break Promise on Higher Education for Afghan Girls
March 24, 2022

Taliban Break Promise on Higher Education for Afghan Girls

By Kathy Gannon
The decision to postpone the return of girls at the higher grade levels appeared to be a concession to the rural and deeply tribal backbone of the hard-line Taliban movement.
The Limits of Foreign Intervention in Promoting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
March 08, 2022

The Limits of Foreign Intervention in Promoting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

By Sasha Kassam
A foreign military presence was never meant to provide a long-term solution for securing protections for Afghan women. It’s time for the international community to support substantive and sustainable achievements.

How the World Failed Afghan Women
November 18, 2021

How the World Failed Afghan Women

By Philip Smucker
Why millions of dollars in international aid – much of it from the U.S. – failed to achieve lasting change for Afghanistan’s women.

The Taliban’s Forced Marriages
October 12, 2021

The Taliban’s Forced Marriages

By Philip Smucker
Afghan women are already paying a horrible price for the Taliban takeover.

Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return
April 30, 2021

Young Afghan Women, Grown Up Without Taliban, Dread Their Return

By Kathy Gannon
“With the return of the Taliban, society will be transformed and ruined… Women will be sent into hiding.”

Memo Banning Afghan Girls Singing Prompts #IAmMySong Protest
March 13, 2021

Memo Banning Afghan Girls Singing Prompts #IAmMySong Protest

By Associated Press
The memo from Afghanistan’s education ministry banning girls from singing at school functions was rescinded, but not before sparking a backlash.
As US Mulls Afghan Exit, Activist Sees Long Fight for Women
March 09, 2021

As US Mulls Afghan Exit, Activist Sees Long Fight for Women

By Associated Press
The road to justice and equality remains long.

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?
February 23, 2021

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?

By Catherine Putz
Firstly, the country's cultural context cannot be ignored.

Afghanistan’s Women Are the Key to a Lasting Peace
April 07, 2020

Afghanistan’s Women Are the Key to a Lasting Peace

By Sohrab Azad
To guarantee a peace process that will materialize and come to fruition, women need to be substantively involved at every level, from pre-negotiation to talks.

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?
April 18, 2019

Is the Taliban’s Former Capital Ready to Welcome Them Back?

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
Kandahar has come a long way since Taliban rule. What do its residents think about the peace talks?
Afghanistan’s Most Vulnerable Women
April 09, 2019

Afghanistan’s Most Vulnerable Women

By Ritu Mahendru
In the hidden world of Kuchi nomads, women are denied education, raped, and exchanged for water.

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