Afghanistan

Why the Future of Women in Afghanistan Matters So Much

A woman in a head wrap, why the future of women in Afghanistan matters so much

The Taliban declared an "amnesty" yesterday and called on women to join their new government. Their spokesman declared during a news conference Tuesday in Kabul, “We assure that there will be no violence against women.” However, when the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan, their fighters tortured and killed the country’s former president, then hanged his body from a traffic post. Women who were unaccompanied in public places could be beaten; an Afghan mother was forced to kneel in a stadium and then shot dead between the goal posts.