Women in Afghanistan: back to hell under the yoke of the Taliban

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Women in burkas and a Taliban soldier in the streets of Kabul, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. © AP - Ebrahim Noroozi

By: Anne Corpet Follow

1 min

The Taliban had assured it, in August 2021, when they regained power in Kabul: they would not restrict the human rights of Afghans, in particular those of women.

A broken promise.

Decrees aimed at reducing women to the status of domestic objects have accumulated, at the national or local level.


Prohibition to go to school, to fly alone, to pass the driving license, to work in contact with men, even to go to the restaurant.

Little by little, the Afghan women who had regained a place in the public space over the past twenty years are being pushed aside.

With dramatic consequences for their health, their well-being, but also for the country's economy.

Some try to resist, others suffer, hide and dream of escaping.

Since May 7, 2022, they have been required to wear the burqa, this garment covering the whole body, the whole face, revealing only a look, often frightened.  

Decryption with

- Belgheis Jafari

, Persian language teacher at the

National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations (INALCO)  

- Julie Billaud

, anthropologist at the

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

, author of 

Kabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan

 (University of Pennsylvania Press)


A program prepared by Anne Corpet and Sigrid Azeroual, produced by Hélène Avril. 


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