Taliban, religion and women

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Shahzia Sikander is an internationally recognised multimedia artist and the first Pakistani-American to be inducted into the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. This artwork is her portrait of Malala Yousafzai, 2018. ARTWORK: © Shahzia Sikander
Shahzia Sikander is an internationally recognised multimedia artist and the first Pakistani-American to be inducted into the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. This artwork is her portrait of Malala Yousafzai, 2018. ARTWORK: © Shahzia Sikander

Appalling scenes in August of women carrying small children, clasping the hands of young girls, fleeing ahead of Taliban forces armed with machine guns and rocket-launchers on trucks — yet another reminder of the destructive power of religiously-motivated forces devoid of any authentic concern for the wellbeing of the human race.

Despite assurances by this Taliban government to honour women’s rights, many doubt this pledge.

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