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Afghan women face increasing violence and repression under the Taliban after international spotlight fades

Mia Bloom, Georgia State University The Taliban reportedly captured 40 people in Mazar-e-Sharif, a medium-sized city in Afghanistan, at the end of January 2022. Taliban members then allegedly gang-raped eight of the women. The women who survived the gang rape were subsequently killed by their families. The fact that the women had been raped violated a societal honor code called …

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Afghanistan: the west needs to stop seeing women as in need of ‘saving’

Hind Elhinnawy, Nottingham Trent University The west has long had a fascination with “saving” Afghan women – a theme we have seen in many media reports since August when Kabul fell to Taliban forces. It was a narrative which was also front and centre in 2001 when the administration of US president George W Bush launched the “war on terror” …

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The Taliban aren’t taking Afghanistan back to the middle ages – they’re subverting Islam’s sound medieval legal principles

Harsh punishments: the Taliban have announced they will reinstate execution and amputations. EPA-EFE/stringer Christian Lange, Utrecht University The Taliban are back in the saddle and, with them, the dreadful spectre of the harsh punishments meted out in their previous time in power: public hangings and stonings, amputation of hands and public floggings. Veteran Taliban fighter and senior official Mullah Nooruddin …

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Afghanistan: women are at the forefront of protests against the Taliban

Weeda Mehran, University of Exeter Despite what they insisted as they swept through Afghanistan, the Taliban appear to have remained largely the same since the days they ruled the roost in the 1990s. But Afghan society has changed tremendously since they were ousted by the US-led invasion in 2001. This is shown by the level of civil resistance observed in …

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