The Taliban’s Repression of Women is Not Only a Problem for Afghanistan

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The Taliban are banning women from working in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deliver life-saving aid to people in a country where the economy has collapsed. The United Nations protested this, and the NGOs have suspended their operations in the country. This will likely have dire consequences for the Afghan people, but there is little sign it will alter the behavior of the Taliban.

As Ajmal Sohail explained in a recent EER report, the Taliban’s leadership is dominated by figures who wish to have Afghanistan isolated from international institutions they regard as corrupting their pure “Islamic Emirate”, so the displeasure of the U.N. and the withdrawal of U.N.-sponsored agencies from Afghanistan is an ideological win for the Taliban-Al-Qaeda forces—and ideology is all that matters to them.

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