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‘No escape’ for Afghan girls forced out of education and into early marriage
As the Taliban denies women access to any schooling, there has been a rise in students being married off to ease family poverty

Zahra Joya and Rukhshana Media reporters

09, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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I had to dress as a boy to go to school in Afghanistan in the 90s. That would never fool today’s cruel Taliban | Zahra Joya
Banned from schools, streets, universities and even working for NGOs, women and girls are now nothing more than prisoners in their homes in my home country, says Afghan journalist Zahra Joya

Zahra Joya

29, Dec, 2022 @4:08 PM

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‘Being a girl is a heavy crime’: Afghan women in despair over university ban
Taliban prohibit female higher education indefinitely amid international condemnation

Zahra Joya

21, Dec, 2022 @12:45 PM

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We fled the Taliban in chaos, shock and terror. A year later we have a new home and hope | Zahra Joya
My work as a journalist made us targets. Now we have a safe new home and I am determined to keep reporting on the bravery of Afghan women and girls

Zahra Joya

19, Aug, 2022 @6:15 AM

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‘I was a policewoman. Now I beg in the street’: life for Afghan women one year after the Taliban took power
Students, mothers, widows, workers and artists explain how their world has altered under ‘gender apartheid’

Zahra Joya and Rukhshana reporters

14, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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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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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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Fears grow for photojournalist arrested by Taliban as executions resume
Taliban deny Morteza Samadi, 21, has been sentenced to death but family concerned for his safety after he was detained while covering women’s protests in Herat

Zahra Joya and Ruchi Kumar

29, Sep, 2021 @1:26 PM

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‘We buried our sportswear’: Afghan women fear fight is over for martial arts
Female taekwondo and karate trainers are forced to practise in secret since the Taliban takeover and fear they may never compete again

Zahra Joya

23, Sep, 2021 @1:01 PM

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‘Tomorrow they will kill me’: Afghan female police officers live in fear of Taliban reprisals
With at least four women, including a pregnant mother, targeted and killed by Taliban fighters, female ex-officers feel abandoned by the world

Zahra Joya for Rukhshana Media and Zahra Nader

10, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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