Over 100 young Afghan scholars from Islamic Seminaries in Pakistan were sent to Afghanistan after the Taliban captured the city Mazar-i-Sharif from the northern opposition. The students were sent by their seminaries after the Taliban requested the support of young men to maintain control of the city. More students are expected to join the war after the Talibanís recent request for manpower.
Many of the Talibanís leaders were trained at the same Islamic Seminaries in Pakistan before they took control of Afghanistan two years ago and instituted gender apartheid. The Taliban control about two-thirds of the country, where they have imposed strict Islamic law. Women are not allowed out of their homes unless accompanied by a male relative, and must always be covered in a head-to-toe veil. Because the Taliban will not permit women to work, most schools and hospitals have been forced to shut down.
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. . . .