How the Taliban Enables Violence Against Women

Authored by: Belquis Ahmadi

Categories: Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Afghanistan
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2023
Citation: Ahmadi, Belquis. "How the Taliban Enables Violence Against Women." United States Institute of Peace, December 7, 2023.

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Executive Summary

The Taliban’s anti-women policies, combined with an emboldened patriarchal system, have made Afghanistan the lowest-ranked country in the 2023 Women, Peace and Security Index. With humanitarian aid to Afghanistan drying up, the 16 Days of Activism offers a chance to renew international attention so that Afghan women and girls are not left behind.

To ensure that Afghan voices are included in this year’s conversations, USIP launched an online survey asking Afghans both inside and outside the country about their personal experiences and views about the impact of the Taliban’s policies toward women to better understand where their needs lie.