Taliban Advances Toward Opposition's Main Headquarters
Afghanistan's fundmentalist Taliban regime, which has exacted its own harsh version of Islamic law on Afghan men and women, continues to gain more power and territory. The Taliban, which already controls the large majority of Afghanistan, is now closing in on the Northern Opposition's main headquarters in Sherberghan.
The Taliban, opposed only by opposition forces in the North, has issued decrees that have imprisoned women in their homes, deprived them of their right to adequate medical care and education, forced them to remain indoors unless escorted by a close male relative, and banned them from working to support their families. Women are also forced to wear a burqa, a debilitating head-to-toe garment, whenever they leave their homes. Many women have been trampled in the streets because they were unable to see oncoming vehicles through the burqas.
Media Resources: The Washington Post - August 3, 1998
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .