Taliban Continues Clampdown on Afghan Women’s Rights

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New Taliban Restrictions Leave Afghan Women ‘Buried Alive

A female university student walks in front of a university in Kandahar Province on December 21, 2022. (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images.)

Hasti, a third-year political studies student in Afghanistan, was preparing for a final exam last week when she heard that the Taliban had shut universities to female students. She spent the evening crying instead of studying, and armed Taliban guards turned away young women at the campus gate in Kabul when they arrived to sit exams.

“It is very hard for me, because right now I have to stop my studying and my goals are not achievable,” Hasti told Reuters. “Women and girls are being buried alive.”

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