The Taliban’s Gender Apartheid Regime

A rare rally by women in Afghanistan, on the eve of the anniversary of Taliban takeover. (Photo by Nava Jamshidi/Getty Images.)

After enduring a quarter century of revolution, occupation, and civil war, the people of Afghanistan began laying the foundations for nationhood two decades ago. The return of the Taliban to power in August 2021 ended all of the progress that had been made. Now the country is falling into sectarian conflict, magnified by the turmoil of economic freefall, natural disasters, and public health crises. 

It has turned into one of the world’s biggest human rights crises over the course of just 13 months, and Afghan women have borne the brunt of the Taliban’s tyranny.

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