‘I’m mad at the whole world, especially at Biden’: Afghanistan’s top women’s rights activist

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AXADLETM spoke with Mahbouba Seraj, one of the main women’s rights activists in Afghanistan. She told us the Taliban had to “give in” on “red lines” like women’s access to education and jobs to “continue to rule.” With Afghanistan in dire need of financial aid, Seraj said she was “angry with the whole world”, especially US President Joe Biden. “You cannot let the people of this country die,” she said in a moving appeal to the international community.

Mahbouba Seraj, executive director of the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Center in Kabul, decided to stay in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over in August 2021 “to defend women’s rights.

Our guest said that full access to education and employment was her main “red line” when it came to women’s rights in Afghanistan. She added that the jury was still out on whether the Taliban would allow women to attend schools and work, saying the moment of truth would come in March at the end of winter when schools are expected to fully reopen.

Serajured women to continue to defend their rights, including freedom of expression. She lambasted US President Joe Biden for essentially abandoning Afghanistan and added that she was tired of all the talk about whether or not to recognize the Taliban and withhold desperately needed financial aid.

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