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‘Taliban should have a conversation with us’: Afghan women’s rights activist Mahbouba Seraj

By AFP
23 September 2021   |   12:38 pm
"The fact that the women are so disliked by these men is beyond belief, I don't understand why," says Afghan women's rights activist and CEO of Afghan Women's Network Mahbouba Seraj. "We should sit down and have a conversation."

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