Resisting the Taliban’s New Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
May 02, 2023 | Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban has established a system of governance based on the wholesale subordination of women. They are no longer represented in Afghanistan’s parliament, while female civil servants, private-sector workers and business owners have lost their livelihoods. The 3.5 million young women and girls previously enrolled in schools are now banned from secondary and tertiary education. In this article by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change various female contributors voice calls for this denial of rights to be classified as “gender apartheid”.  The interviewed activists whose actions - from running underground schools to publicising women's rights abuses online - shed light on the reality of Taliban rule and women's courageous efforts to defy it.

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