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Afghanistan’s female volleyball players tell of threats and fear

George Wright, BBC News – 23 September 2021 Zahra Fayazi, a former coach for the Afghanistan women’s volleyball team, tells the BBC her fears as her fellow teammates move from province to province in an attempt to escape the Taliban whilst one has already been killed. Zahra states “I can’t see a future for volleyball…

The Other Afghan Women

Anand Gopal, The New Yorker – 6 September 2021 “All the women I met in Sangin, though, seemed to agree that their rights, whatever they might entail, cannot flow from the barrel of a gun—and that Afghan communities themselves must improve the conditions of women”. In this poignant piece on The New Yorker, Anand Gopal…

Tokyo Olympics: Indian women athletes fight sexism, poverty to reach sporting dreams

Neeta Lal, South China Morning Post – 25 July 2021 Despite the odds stacked against them, Indian women have managed to challenge patriarchal attitudes by representing the largest share of female athletes at the Olympics ever fielded by the country. This article in SCMP looks at some of these female athletes and what their achievements…

Tsai’s leadership makes its mark in Taiwan

 Dumrongkiat Mala, Bangkok Post – 1 March 2021 Tsai Ing-wen has made Time magazine’s 2020 Top 100 most influential people, partly due to her success in containing Covid-19. Taiwan’s first female president, Ms Tsai’s strong work ethic has came from her humble roots and her parent’s small-business background, and her championing of women’s and LGBT…

Hopes and fears of mother-to-be in Afghanistan

UN News, 6 February 2021 Arifa Omid, Afghan mother and UNICEF employee, writes a beautiful letter to her unborn baby daughter in this article on UN News. In the letter, she talks about her fears for her daughter growing up in a country where the oppression of women is plentiful, but also her hopes for…

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown – Brookings This piece is part of 19A: The Brookings Gender Equality Series. In this essay series, Brookings scholars, public officials, and other subject-area experts examine the current state of gender equality 100 years after the 19th Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution and propose recommendations to cull the…