September 18, 2021

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One person was injured in clashes between Taliban and Afghan protesters

For two days, Afghans have been defending women’s rights and calling for equality, justice and democracy in Taliban-controlled Kabul.

At least one person was injured in Kabul during a protest on Saturday against violations of women’s rights after a group of more than a dozen Afghans got into a fight with Taliban militants. This was reported to the Department of Political Affairs.

Pictures published by local media show a woman with a bleeding wound on her head. Pictures on social media show some of the women coughing, which, according to the Department of Political Affairs, indicates that the Taliban may have used tear gas against them. Other women claimed that they were beaten.

For two days, Afghans have been defending women’s rights and calling for equality, justice and democracy near the Taliban-controlled presidential palace in Kabul. Among other things, they carried signs that read “We are not women of the ’90s” at Saturday’s protest, the DPA wrote.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on 15 August after capturing the capital, Kabul. The movement is currently negotiating the formation of a new government. It was previously stated that women should also be a part of it.

The Taliban has already declared that its rule will be more moderate than it was in 1996-2001. The Taliban regime was and still is known for its own interpretation of Islamic law and the degrading treatment of women, who at one time were not allowed to study or move freely in public. However, after the recent domination of Afghanistan, the Taliban announced that their government would be “more inclusive”.

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However, many question whether the Taliban has actually changed its attitude toward women, or whether it is just a short-term effort to gain international recognition for the movement.