Global engagement in Afghanistan has drawn special attention to efforts to promote women’s rights. As coalition forces withdraw and the Taliban solidifies their return to power, women are facing both new threats and renewed abuses from before the war. The Taliban’s commitment to controlling women’s rights under Islamic law has sparked fear for an entire generation of educated and working women in Afghanistan, who have organized protests throughout the country in response.
What challenges do Afghan women face under a Taliban regime? In what ways are they able to navigate them? How, if at all, can regional and global powers influence the Taliban to sustain the freedom Afghan women fought for?
Senior fellow, Center on International Cooperation and Center for Global Affairs, New York University
Non-resident senior fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council; Afghan-British rights advocate, writer, and human rights campaigner
Non-resident senior fellow, Atlantic Council; director of policy and diplomacy, McColm and Company
Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Iulia Joja, moderator
Project director, Afghanistan Watch; senior fellow, Frontier Europe Initiative, MEI
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