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Male Afghan TV presenters mask up to support female colleagues after Taliban decree
#FreeHerFace campaign gathers force as high-profile men rebel against crackdown on face coverings in Afghanistan

Zahra Joya

24, May, 2022 @1:46 PM

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Afghan female judge awarded prestigious human rights prize
Fawzia Amini advocates for rights of Afghan women and girls from London hotel room she’s been stuck in for nine months

Diane Taylor

24, May, 2022 @12:40 PM

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Kabul Goes Pop review – a fizzing tribute to bubblegum songs of hope
This uneven but refreshing debut by Waleed Akhtar is inspired by the rise and fall of Afghanistan’s first pop TV show

Ammar Kalia

19, May, 2022 @12:26 PM

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‘We are worse off’: Afghanistan further impoverished as women vanish from workforce
From civil servants, teachers and doctors to journalists and business owners, loss of female workers under the Taliban has already cost the economy $1bn

Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori

16, May, 2022 @5:30 AM

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The Guardian view on Afghan women: the Taliban turn the screws | Editorial
Editorial: The regime intensifies repression and suffering while failing to address the country’s urgent humanitarian needs


10, May, 2022 @5:55 PM

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‘The Taliban know they need us’: the Afghan hospitals run by women
Female medics continue to save lives, but rely on the Red Cross to get by because the Taliban cannot pay their salaries

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul

09, May, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Afghanistan face veil decree: ‘I’ve lost the right to choose my clothes’
Women say they fear going out in public despite Taliban vow to respect hard-won rights after 2021 takeover

Zahra Joya and Rukhshana reporters in Kabul

08, May, 2022 @11:59 AM

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Taliban order all Afghan women to cover their faces in public
Decree forces male relatives to police law by making them liable to fines or prison for breaches

Emma Graham-Harrison

07, May, 2022 @6:36 PM

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‘I am sure they will change’: Taliban swap guns for pens to learn about human rights
Young men who have spent most of their lives in combat are learning how to behave with civilians as the Taliban transitions from fighting to governing

Elise Blanchard in Kandahar

03, May, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘We had 4,000 policewomen in Afghanistan. Let them get back to work’
Gulafroz Ebtekar, a former top CID officer in Kabul, tells how she escaped the Taliban and is now working in exile to restore justice for the women of her homeland

Ruchi Kumar

21, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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The girls I taught in Kabul were Afghanistan’s future. The Taliban has taken that away | Shikiba
The school I worked in has been forced to close. Our dreams are shattered and we urge you, people of the west, to help, says teacher Shikiba


11, Apr, 2022 @4:57 PM

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Afghanistan aid pledges could fall far short of target, officials fear
Taliban’s increasingly repressive rule could lead to donor backlash at UN pledging conference on Thursday

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

30, Mar, 2022 @3:14 PM

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