Arielle Del Turco is Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The National Interest on September 12, 2021.
Women’s sports will no longer exist in Afghanistan under the Taliban’s regime, according to the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission. Ahmadullah Wasiq told an Australian reporter that it was “not necessary” that women play cricket or other sports. “In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this,” he said. For the women who blazed the trail that led to the development of women’s sports that did not previously exist in Afghanistan, the announcement confirmed their fears about Taliban rule.
Afghanistan faces a growing economic crisis and a long uphill battle for international recognition. Yet, the Taliban is showing its true colors by focusing its efforts not on addressing the humanitarian disaster of their own making but on suppressing women.
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