Anti-Taliban opposition forces have recaptured the town of Khawjah Ghuar, according to an opposition spokesperson.
The Taliban had only recently claimed the capture of this strategic town. Khawjah Ghuar is an important territory for both the Taliban and opposition forces because it has an airport.
Some agencies have reported that the Taliban's control over Afghanistan is nearly complete. Others argue that up to 25% of the country has evaded the Taliban's grip.
The Taliban is a violent, extremist regime intent on forcing its own fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law on the Afghan people. Under the Taliban, women have lost their right to education, adequate healthcare, employment, and mobility. Women must have a close male relative chaperone them and must wear a debilitating head-to-toe garment whenever they appear in public. Women made invisible in every way. The windows of their homes must be painted black so that male passers-by cannot see them. They are forbidden from laughing in public and from wearing shoes that make noise when they walk.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .