On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia, one of three countries that recognize the Taliban militia as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, broke diplomatic ties, citing as their reason the Taliban's sheltering of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi fugitive suspected in recent terrorist attacks on Americans in Kenya, Tanzania, Somolia, and Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations continues to pressure the Taliban regime to negotiate with political opponents and loosen stringent restrictions on women.
Afghan women are not allowed to leave their home unless accompanied by their husband or a male blood-relative. Education is no longer an option and quality health care is rare, since doctors are not allowed to touch the women.
The gender apartheid suffered by Afghan women under Taliban rule make everyday life dismal and deadly.
Mauwi Qalmuddin, deputy minister for Islamic virtues responded to criticism stating, "Contrary to all the propaganda, we want dignity for females, while the world demands indignity for them."
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .