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Afghan Women Demand Rights As Taliban Seek Recognition

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Women gather to demand their rights under the Taliban rule during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. As the world watches intently for clues on how the Taliban will govern, their treatment of the media will be a key indicator, along with their policies toward women. When they ruled Afghanistan between 1996-2001, they enforced a harsh interpretation of Islam, barring girls and women from schools and public life, and brutally suppressing dissent. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

(AP) — A small group of Afghan women have protested near the presidential palace in Kabul, demanding equal rights from the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s new rulers are working on forming a government and seeking international recognition. The Taliban captured most of the country in a matter of days last month and celebrated the departure of the last U.S. forces after 20 years of war.  Now they face the urgent challenge of governing a war-ravaged country that is heavily reliant on international aid.

The Taliban have promised an inclusive government and a moderate form of Islamic rule, but many Afghans, especially women, fear losing the rights they gained over the last two decades.

 

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