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The Taliban’s War on Women and Girls

One year after the Islamist group returned to power in Afghanistan, most of the country's girls’ secondary schools remain closed. The international community, and especially the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, should make women’s and girls’ rights central to their diplomatic and economic engagement with the Taliban.

LONDON – When Taliban leaders visited an elementary school in Kabul in October 2021, two months after retaking control of Afghanistan, several seven- or eight-year-old girls bravely stood up, one by one, to declare: “Our classes have resumed, but not for our older sisters. We have been promised that our older sisters will return to class, but this has not happened yet!”