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Stand in Solidarity with the Women of Afghanistan 23 Sep 2021

Stand in Solidarity with the Women of Afghanistan

Like so many other women activists around the world, I am mourning the losses that the Taliban takeover, again, means for women and girls in Afghanistan. It’s a loss of hard-fought rights and for many, a loss of lives, as the targeting of women leaders and activists has already begun. What has also already begun […]

Should we re-brand virginity? 23 Sep 2021

Should we re-brand virginity?

the term ‘virginity’ outdated – or even obsolete? Some experts argue we need a workable alternative to discuss our early sexual experiences. Feminists note virginity traditionally frames female sexuality as a treasure, gift or memento to be ‘given’ by women, ‘taken’ from them or simply ‘lost’. Sex educators note traditional narratives around virginity often fall […]

The whirling dancer fled from Taliban Group regime 18 Sep 2021

The whirling dancer fled from Taliban Group regime

The only female whirling dancer in Afghanistan was to kick off her biggest tour around the country. Then the Taliban took over. The Taliban sees Sufi whirling dervishes as against Islamic law. Fahima Mirzaei had no choice but to run. This is the story of her escape. This is part of the documentary Farewell My […]

Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen 18 Sep 2021

Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools after they ordered only boys and male teachers to return to the classroom. A statement from the Islamist group saying secondary classes would resume made no mention of girls or women. One Afghan schoolgirl told the BBC she was devastated. “Everything looks very dark,” she said. […]

EU’s queen with a tarnished crown 13 Sep 2021

EU’s queen with a tarnished crown

Queen of Europe was once one of Angela Merkel’s many nicknames. But now Germany’s powerful chancellor is poised to turn her back on politics following this month’s elections, I’m not sure that royal label will stick. True: Angela Merkel is, by far, the longest-serving amongst current EU leaders. She’s participated in an estimated 100 EU […]

UN seeks millions in international aid 13 Sep 2021

UN seeks millions in international aid

The United Nations is seeking to raise more than $600m (£434m) in aid for Afghanistan, warning the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis. It is calling for international support at a conference in Geneva, following the Taliban’s takeover last month. “After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, they [Afghans] face perhaps their most perilous […]

Protesters defy the Hell guards intimidation 09 Sep 2021

Protesters defy the Hell guards intimidation

Protesters have again taken to the streets in several parts of Afghanistan, defying Taliban pressure to stay at home. Dozens of demonstrators gathered near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul and Taliban gunmen opened fire to disperse them, protesters said. More demonstrations were reported in Parwan and Nimruz provinces. Photos have also emerged showing injuries inflicted […]

My family is starving, I have to sell my daughter 09 Sep 2021

My family is starving, I have to sell my daughter

Few items of Afghan lives are left unsold in Jada-e Maiwand. So fast is the rush to sell and flee or, more simply, to sell and survive amid the plug-hole gurgle of the country’s diminishing economy, that the heaving bazaar of personal belongings has spilled from its usual confines along the famed thoroughfare in the […]

Taliban to allow 200 Americans, other foreigners to leave Afghanistan: US official 09 Sep 2021

Taliban to allow 200 Americans, other foreigners to leave Afghanistan: US official

Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a US official said. The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the group […]

Women Should Lead Afghanistan 09 Sep 2021

Women Should Lead Afghanistan

For hundreds of years men have failed the nation of Afghanistan. With that fact in place, it is any wonder why the nation fails to recognize the need for women leaders today. Going back to the First Anglo-Afghan War, a protracted civil war that began in 1816. Now again today, the Taliban have been raiding […]


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