Leaders of the Afghan Taliban militia group stated that they are willing to discuss their decree prohibiting girls from attending school with U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson Friday, but they will not promise reforms. Afghan women and girls attended schools and universities for years before the Taliban took control in September 1996.
The Taliban militia group now controls 85 percent of the country. Since their takeover, they have passed decrees requiring women to wear a debilitating head-to-toe covering whenever they are in public. They have also prohibited women from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a brother, husband or son, and prohibited girls from attending school.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .