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."
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. . . .