‘This Is Our Homeland’: Women Plead for Basic Rights in Afghanistan

“I want to fight and regain the rights that they took from us. We don’t need to go to another country. This is our homeland,” she told AFP.

“If we are not forced to leave, then we won’t go anywhere.”

The Taliban claim that blocks on women returning to work or girls going to secondary school will be lifted once new systems are established.

But this is an echo of the early days of the last regime, which never allowed women to return.

NGO worker Farkhunda Zahidbaig, 21, described how Taliban fighters entered her office to tell management that women employees should leave.

“After this, our boss made the decision that the rest of us shouldn’t come to the office,” she said.

“Women want to have a profession, but… they can’t continue in their jobs. The Taliban have taken away their freedom to work.”