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March-16-98

Taliban Extends Gender Apartheid to Foreign Women

The Taliban militia group sent a letter to Sergio de Mello, the United Nation’s humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, stating that they would no longer allow foreign Muslim women in the country unless accompanied by a close male relative. If the new law is enforced, U.N. programs for women and girls could face enormous setbacks.

The United Nations had been increasing the number of Muslim women working in Afghanistan. U.N. officials had believed that the women would be more accepted by the Taliban.

Although Mello wrote his own letter protesting the decree, no response has been received.

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Media Resources: AP - March 15, 1998


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