By Alma Begum* “I’m in an English course. Stand by the Restaurant, and I’ll meet you there,” was the message from the beautician I wanted to interview about her mobile beauty parlour. At the designated time, I waited at the
Several female activists in Cologne, Germany, have embarked on a 12-day hunger strike to advocate for the official recognition of the Taliban’s “gender apartheid” in
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By Farshid Aram* In early October 2023, Golandam* was in the final days of her pregnancy. The 32-year-old, who lives in the village of Nayeb
By Shuhab Aryaee* Shams ul-Haq* is a Gujar living in one of the remote villages of Tagab district, Badakhshan province. With his greying hair and
By Barfin* After completing the twelfth grade, Sanam* got a government job in one of the departments of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior in April 2018.
By Lala Shams* Aliya told her story to Zan Times journalist Lala Shams: My name is Aliya* and I am 20 years old. I studied at the Medical University to become a doctor. Now, I work as a janitor in
By Lala Shams* Aliya told her story to Zan Times journalist Lala Shams: My name is Aliya* and I am 20 years old. I studied
By Huma* Until 2020, my life was going well, and I was happy. Then, everything changed on Tuesday, November 2. The day was sunny and
By Laila Mandgar* Sabrina told her story to Laila Mandgar: My name is Sabrina*, and I live in the earthquake-stricken district of Zindajan in Herat.
Ali Tawakuli is a prominent activist for the rights of Afghanistan’s LGBTQ+ community and the founder of Rainbow Afghanistan. Before the resurgence of the Taliban, he lived in Afghanistan, where he used an alias on social media to raise awareness
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For 11 days, Mohra Barakzay was on a hunger strike to get the world to recognize the gender apartheid in Afghanistan. The 22-year-old Swedish-based queer
After the return of the Taliban to power, women protested Taliban restrictions on women’s education and employment through demonstrations in Afghanistan and around the world.
‘I wish I was a woman so I could get married or a man so I could work’: an interview with a transgender
The LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan is in crisis. Marginalized under the previous government, it faces humiliation, suppression and outright oppression under the Taliban. Its members
By Omid Sharafat* Iran has hosted the largest population of Afghan refugees since the Soviet invasion of the country in 1979. Periodically, there have been governmental pressures on the migrants and widespread anti-immigrant sentiments. Following the fall of the Afghan
By Paiman Arman* Activists from the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan sent an open letter to the United Nations and international human rights organizations, urging them
By Mostafa Matin Although the term “women’s movement” has a broader meaning than feminism, it is considered almost equivalent since women’s activism in the last
By Paiman Arman* Following the deadly earthquake that shook Herat on October 7 and killed more than 2,400 people, a new earthquake followed by two
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