The International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to two Afghan representatives to observe the upcoming summer games in Sydney. After receiving the offer last week, Taliban officials claimed the invitation amounted to official recognition of its regime by the IOC. The IOC rescinded the offer on Aug. 24, saying the Taliban misinterpreted the offer—the invitation to observe the games was not intended as an official recognition of the terrorist Taliban regime. Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee was suspended last October because of the Taliban’s decrees, including their ban on women athletes and their requirement that male athletes wear long beards.
Media Resources: Associated Press – August 24, 2000
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .