‘A gender emergency’: UN Women Asia head on Taliban in Afghanistan
23 August 2021 | 12:19 pm
With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, the UN Women director for Asia Mohammad Naciri warns of a gender emergency, where "women and girls have been consistently and systemically targeted". In the weeks leading up to their return to power, the Taliban's leadership have strived to portray a softer image than when they last ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. But women struggle to take comfort from such assurances.
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