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Taliban says it will be more tolerant toward women. Some fear otherwise.

By Sammy Westfall, Claire Parker

17 Aug 2021 · 5 min read

Friba, who fled from Kunduz, a northern provincial capital, to Kabul this month in the face of the Taliban’s rapid advance, only to find herself living under the Taliban anyway, described the whiplash that many women who built lives in a new Afghanistan now face. “You are outside working with the community, with girls, with women — but suddenly, you go in a prison and you can’t do anything for anyone,” she told The Washington Post. “Now every Afghan woman [is] in prison in their room. They cannot go outside. They cannot be like before.”

The Taliban, wary of once again governing as an international pariah, has tried to strike a more conciliatory tone this time around. “We assure the international community that there will be no discrimination against women, but, of course, within the frameworks we have,” spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday.

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