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Persecution of Women in Public Facing Jobs

Afghan Women Forced from Banking Jobs as Taliban Take Control

Reuters article 'Afghan Women Forced from Banking Jobs as Taliban Take Control' can be used to support the factual claims and legal arguments made by the applicant.  The following are relevant excerpts, as well as the link to the entire article. 


"The Taliban have steadily overrun the country since U.S. troops began withdrawing in May and the insurgents entered the capital on Sunday.  When they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women could not work, girls were not allowed to attend school and women had to cover their face and be accompanied by a male relative if they wanted to venture out of their homes. Women who broke the rules sometimes suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban's religious police under the group's strict interpretation of Islamic law." Page 2


"Afghan women working in fields including journalism, healthcare and law enforcement have been killed in a wave of attacks since peace talks began last year between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed Afghan government. The government blames most targeted killings on the Taliban, who deny carrying out assassinations. The Taliban will regress freedom at all levels and that is what we are fighting against," an Afghan government spokesperson said. Women and children are suffering the most and our forces are trying to save democracy. The world should understand and help us. Scores of educated Afghan women took to social media to appeal for help and express their frustration." Page 3

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