One year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the country is hard hit by poverty, famine, unemployment and dismantled health care. During Almedalen Week, several people discussed the crisis situation in the country.
FUF interviews Najiba Sanjar about what Sweden and the international community can do for women and girls in Afghanistan. - Millions of girls and women in Afghanistan are suffering, from poverty and from restrictions of the Taliban. They are ordinary people of Afghanistan and they do deserve a dignified life, says Najiba Sanjar. Interviewer: Julia […]
Of: Arzo Bahar
Eight months after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, hope is paused as new policies restricting women are confirmed. These include an ongoing ban on secondary school for girls and increasingly stringent male escort requirements. Arzo Bahar, the president of the Female Staff Association of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, describes her experience as a working woman and mother, and the fears she has for her daughters.
Date and time: 29 Mar, 18:00 - 19:00
The situation in Afghanistan changed drastically during the summer of 2021 when the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15 of that year. With the Taliban in power, Afghanistan risks becoming a country governed by Sharia law where women's human rights are curtailed. Now, about 7 months after the Taliban took power, many question marks remain. What does the situation look like right now? How is it affected […]
Of: Vedika Jiandani
The aftermath of the political fallout of former President Ashraf Ghani's government has been nothing short of apocalyptic for the people of Afghanistan. The implausible rise of the Taliban after two decades has brought with it immense turmoil and uncertainty for the future of the country.
During the intensive news reporting on the Taliban regime's takeover of Afghanistan this summer, Sweden's aid authority Sida announced that they will end million payments in aid for development projects in the country. - It will destroy development programs concerning education, health and more, says Anders Fänge, Afghanistan expert and board member of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.
December 8, 2021, Interview
During a week fraught with both a prime ministerial vote and a government crisis, much of the focus on Swedish debate pages has been on domestic policy. Global development issues have been overshadowed, but two themes that have been raised are Afghan residence permits and Black Friday.
November 29, 2021, Current debate
Of: Louise Marklund
The debate this week has been dominated by the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine, where mediation efforts seem to be failing. At the same time, terrorist attacks are being directed at schoolgirls in Afghanistan and European co-operation is being questioned.
May 17, 2021, Current debate
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that US troops will leave Afghanistan this fall. This marks the end of the United States' longest war in 20 years. But for Afghanistan, the war, which has already claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives, is not over. Now it is more important than ever that a political solution is reached in the conflict, says Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the aid organization Swedish Afghanistan Committee.
April 16, 2021, Debate