The Taliban infiltrated the Afghan presidential palace in the capital Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country following the armed group’s stunning military victories in August 2021.
Due to this, foreign forces have started to pull out of Afghanistan after 20 years.
What is Taliban?
The Taliban, means “students” in the Pashto language. They fought alongside the Mujahideen, Afghan rebels fighting the nine-year Soviet occupation.
Taliban and Human Rights
Afghanistan under the Taliban had one of the worst human rights records in the world. The regime systematically repressed all sectors of the population and denied even the most basic individual rights. The Taliban's war against women was particularly appalling.
Taliban and Women & Children
When the Taliban were leading the country from 1996 - 2001, they abolished education for girls. Since 1998, girls over the age of eight have been prohibited from attending school. Home schooling, while sometimes tolerated, was more often repressed. Last year, the Taliban jailed and then deported a female foreign aid worker who had promoted home-based work for women and home schools for girls. The Taliban prohibited women from studying at Kabul University.
How can you help the women of Afghanistan?
You can help out women in Afghanistan by donating to any of the organizations.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan, with over 850 local Afghan staff working tirelessly to provide support services to women, children, and families.
3 .Vital Voices
Vital Voices invests in women leaders in 82 countries around the world. Through its fund, it is working to protect women changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence in Afghanistan.
You can read more on Afghanistan's situation here