Tag Archives: Women’s rights

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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Australia expresses ‘serious concerns’ about invasive searches of women at Doha airport

Shutterstock Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with Qatar about an incident in which female passengers, including Australians, were taken off a flight bound for Australia and subjected to an invasive search. The incident happened at Hamad international airport in Doha earlier this month after a fetus was discovered in an airport bathroom. The …

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Women in Arab countries find themselves torn between opportunity and tradition

In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images Alainna Liloia, University of Arizona Arab women, long relegated to the private sphere by law and social custom, are gaining new access to public …

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Afghan government collapses, Taliban seize control: 5 essential reads

Personnel were evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, as Taliban insurgents broke through the capital city’s defensive line. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul Catesby Holmes, The Conversation Panic and turmoil grip Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents captured the capital city of Kabul and the president fled on Aug. 15, 2021. There would be “no transitional government in Afghanistan,” …

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Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

Afghan citizens at a March 2021 rally in Kabul to support peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University and Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College The Taliban insurgents continue their deadly war to seize control of Afghanistan after the departure of United States and NATO forces. As they close in …

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Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights

Audience members listen to Afghan parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi speak in 2014. Women’s access to politics increased greatly after the Taliban’s 2001 ouster. Sha Marai/AFP via Getty Images Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College and Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University Three Afghan women who worked at a media company were gunned down in Jalalabad in early March. In January, unidentified gunmen killed two …

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How a ‘feminist’ foreign policy would change the world

Helping women is an explicit goal of the Biden administration’s pandemic relief plan. Does the gender focus extend to the world? Alex Wong/Getty Images Rollie Lal, George Washington University and Shirley Graham, George Washington University The Biden administration has a woman, Vice President Kamala Harris, in its second-highest position, and 61% of White House appointees are women. Now, it has …

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