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Women protest in Kabul for rights to education, work

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KABUL: A group of women staged a protest in Kabul on Tuesday, urging the Taliban government to allow girls in school and women to work.

The women marched in downtown Kabul and chanted slogans and messages, demanding their rights to work, educate and food be reinstated by the Taliban.

Governments and human rights groups have pressured the Taliban to commit to upholding rights for women since it seized power in Afghanistan in August.

In another protest in Kabul, dozens of women gathered near a mosque and marched a few hundred meters chanting “justice, justice” before they were stopped by Taliban forces.

The Taliban tried to prevent journalists from covering the march, and briefly detained a group of reporters and confiscated equipment from some photographers.

The Taliban has effectively banned unsanctioned protests and frequently intervenes to block demonstrations since its return to power in August.

The protesters also aired objections to the ratcheting restrictions women are facing under Taliban rule.

The protest comes weeks after separate reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said there were credible allegations of more than 100 extrajudicial killings by the Taliban since its takeover.

Moreover, the Taliban issued new guidelines at the weekend banning women from travelling long distances unless escorted by a close male relative.

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