The Taliban are trying to suppress women’s protests in several cities

The Taliban are trying to suppress demonstrations of women increasingly demanding their rights in various cities. Permission is now required for demonstrations. New restrictions on women also threaten in sports.

For example, a senior Taliban official may have announced the end of women’s cricket. “I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because there is no need for women to play cricket,” Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural committee, told Australian broadcaster SBS. Cricket is a popular sport in Afghanistan and the men’s team is visiting Australia in November.

Al-Wathiq’s stricter rules and statements contradict the image the Taliban has been trying to convey since taking power that they have changed since their first term in office, between 1996 and 2001.

In recent weeks, women and men have been separated in universities. “In cricket, they can face a situation where their face and body are not covered,” Wasiq said. “Islam does not allow women to be seen this way.” The Australian Cricket Association warned on Thursday that the match against the men’s team would be canceled if women’s cricket was banned.