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The shrinking space for women and children

In the last few days it has come to light that the Taliban has taken the extreme and disgusting step of flogging women in public for a variety of crimes

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It is a matter of crying shame that at a time when the international community is pressuring countries from around the world to give women the freedom they deserve, some regimes appear quite intent on going back with what little progress they have made in the last few years. For instance Afghanistan continues to be in the international spotlight and for good reasons. Ever since the Taliban came to power on August 15, 2021, it has become crystal clear that the place of women and girl children was going to be at home.

It was not just a matter of the women being allowed out in the open but that girl children were going to be deprived of their basic educational rights and shut out from schools. Adding to this cruel measure was the clear impression that classes in higher education were going to be segregated and that women had to be tutored by women teachers only. If women cannot leave home, where is the question of the women-teaching-women scenario? The Taliban has been ripped apart in the comity of nations, but all this has amounted to precious little when it comes to the issue of the elementary rights of women and girl children.

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