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Inside the Taliban's gender apartheid

Mar 7, 2024

Inside Afghanistan’s gender apartheid: Listen as women reveal the impact of the Taliban’s oppressive decrees

Since the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, women have battled against increasingly severe restrictions on education, employment, and daily public life. This report, a joint effort by the Civic Engagement Project and the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, underscores their remarkable resilience and unyielding spirit in the face of gender apartheid.

Afghanistan Human Rights

In the News

May 29, 2023

Halaimzai & Theros in PeaceRep: Establishing the Afghanistan Research Network

By Atlantic Council

Sahar Halaimzai and Marika Theros recently established The Afghanistan Research Network (ARN) as a first step to preserve, sustain and amplify Afghan expertise and knowledge, and to provide analysis that can inform creative actions in the short-term while helping shape future prospects for a more stable and pluralistic Afghanistan in the long-term. The Afghanistan Research Network aims […]

Afghanistan Freedom and Prosperity

Event Recap

Aug 23, 2021

Event recap: “On the frontline: Protecting Afghanistan’s human rights defenders”

By Areeba Atique

On August 5th, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, held a discussion with some of Afghanistan’s leading human rights defenders (HRDs) and experts to explore what lies ahead for the activists who put their lives on the line to fight impunity, militancy, and violence.

Afghanistan Human Rights

Marika Theros is a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness and policy fellow at the London School of Economics where she leads their comparative research stream investigating local peace agreements across six key conflict-affected sites, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and South Sudan. She directs the Afghanistan Engagement Project, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which supports new generation leadership and civil society initiatives. Over the last 20 years, she has designed a number of research and dialogue processes in the Balkans, South Asia and the Middle East, and focuses on the intersection between top-down and bottom-up processes. She publishes on security, justice and state-building issues in academic journals, and currently serves on the executive committee of the London Transitional Justice Network, and the boards of the Humanitarian Law Centre and Women for Peace and Participation. Marika is currently completing her doctorate in International Development at LSE, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Columbia University and an MSc in Human Rights from LSE.