Women fear for their future under Taliban rule

Taliban man beating women with a stick

Under the Taliban’s former regime, girls were blocked from attending school, while women were largely barred from appearing in public without full body coverings and male escorts.

Since the war started 20 years ago women have been out in the world and living by westerners ways but now they fear all that will end. Many fear a return to Taliban rule will also spell a return to its harsh interpretation of Islam, which long severely restricted women’s rights until the U.S. toppled the ruling regime in 2001.

Women in cities that have already fallen under Taliban control “are like prisoners in [their] home,” according to a provincial government official in Afghanistan.

“They can’t go outside,” added the official, who requested anonymity because of fears over safety.

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