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A short documentary video about Afghan women's rights and Afghanistan's current situation after and before the Taliban's arrival.

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Afghan Documentary

A short documentary video about Afghan women’s rights and Afghanistan’s current situation after and before the Taliban’s arrival. Afghanistan has had a tumultuous recent past. In the last three decades, the country has been occupied by communist Soviet troops and US-led international forces, and in the years in between has been ruled by militant groups and the infamous oppressive Islamic Taliban.

Throughout the changing political landscape of Afghanistan in the last fifty years, women’s rights have been exploited by different groups for political gain, sometimes being improved but often being abused.

‘Afghan women were the ones who lost most from the war and militarisation.’

Horia Mosadiq

Horia Mosadiq was a young girl when Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979. Now Horia works at Amnesty as our Afghanistan Researcher. Listen to the audio clip below to hear Horia’s overview of thirty years of complex and fraught history, and the impact that occupation and militarisation has had on the women and girls living in Afghanistan. As you aware, Taliban banned women from using gyms and parks or even study and attending schools in Afghanistan, part of their crackdown on women’s rights and freedoms. Throughout 2022, the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan introduced and enforced some of the worst gender-based discriminatory policies seen anywhere in the world.

The Taliban’s position on women’s rights has been central to its worldview and vision for society—from its first period of rule (1996–2001), its position at the peace table in Doha, and now, its contemporary practices and vision for Afghanistan.

This gender alert draws on secondary data published in the past year and insights from UN Women visits across provinces in 2022; the analysis has found that the Taliban has not substantively changed its position on women’s rights. Women are systematically excluded from public and political life and restricted in their access to education, humanitarian assistance, employment, justice, and health services. In short, women’s and girls’ lives and prospects are confined to the home.