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Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolutution as well and a selection of special feminist artists and writers.

This online magazine will be published evey six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
and radical feminist











                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

<protester Munisa Mubariz pledged to continue fighting for women's rights. <If the Taliban want to silence this voice, it's not possible. We will protest from our homes...
21-1 September 2022

27-31 August 2022 
27-23 August 2022
14 and 19-13 August 2022
13-3 August 2022

'I will resist': Afghan female journalists defy taliban pressure.
JULY 2022


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International media about atrocities
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31-21 August 2021
16 AUGUST-27 JULY 2022

JULY 2022
19 - 11 July 2022

(incl. 28 June 2022 and
6 and 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2022

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When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali

DW Made for minds
13 Aug 2022
By Kalika Mehta
<<Afghanistan: 1 year on from fall of Kabul to the Taliban, little hope for female athletes. year ago, the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan amid chaotic scenes. Female athletes who remained in the country now fear for their lives, while those who left have little hope of resuming their careers. < knew if I stayed, the Taliban would find me, beat me and burn me alive. So, I thought if I got killed by a bullet or I was crushed at the airport while waiting to escape the country, it would be an easier death.> Recalling how she stood among more than 10,000 people desperately waiting, hoping and praying to pass through one of three gates and get inside Kabul airport in August 2021, Nilofar's story is all too common. The morning after the former footballer's wedding day, the Taliban recaptured the Afghan capital, overthrowing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under President Ashraf Ghani and reinstating the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban. Eleven months on, Nilofar remembers with terrifying accuracy the days spent without sleep, hearing the cries of mothers around her who could do little but watch their children suffocate in the mass of people frantically attempting to get on one of the few flights out of the country. Nilofar's only crime had been to have the audacity to participate in a form of sporting activity and encourage other girls to do the same. But it led the Taliban to hunt her down.
<Every human should be able to do these activities,> Nilofar told DW. <It is a human right, but the Taliban do not accept women as human. <They make the girls believe that playing sport is a crime for women because the philosophy that the Taliban have is that women are made for the home and nothing else.>
Lucky escape with a tragic twist
Nilofar eventually got inside the airport perimeter with the help of an American soldier, but refused to leave until she could ensure that 16 footballers on the local team she coached — who were still on the other side of the gate — would make it on to a plane, too.
In the end, she was only able to bring eight other girls with her. Days after reaching Doha, Qatar, Nilofar learned that the American soldier who helped them had been killed in the suicide bombing of the airport on August 26, 2021. Although Nilofar was one of the lucky ones to reach safety in a third country, there has been a significant mental toll for those who escaped. Young female Afghan athletes are scattered across the globe, still too scared to even contemplate playing sport again and constantly worried about their families who remain under threat in Afghanistan, simply because their daughters participated in a sporting activity during the previous 20 years. <It's hard when I turn on the TV and see the sports channels or I see a soccer match,> Nilofar explained. <I think back to the girls who I worked with, who I encouraged to play sports, whose activities I facilitated with equipment. I think back to the days when we worked hard to encourage women to stand up for their rights. Now the girls hate themselves for being a part of a soccer team and having been a soccer player. They blame themselves for the misery that their families are now suffering.>>>
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DW Made for minds
12 Aug 2022
By Tolo News (Kabul)
<<Afghanistan's last remaining women's rights activists
Dozens of women-led protest groups took to the streets following the Taliban's takeover in 2021, but, facing violence and detention, their numbers are dwindling. So why are some women daring to keep up their activism?>>
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Al Jazeera
12 Aug 2022
By Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori
<<A year after Taliban, Afghans who chose to stay fear grim future
A judge and a professor say they decided to stay back – despite threats and adverse conditions – to help other Afghans. Mina Alimi never left Kabul – not during the wars she was born in, not during the first Taliban government when she was just a little girl, and not even last year when the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban seized her hometown. Even as her friends and colleagues fled fearing the new regime, Alimi, one of only 270 female judges in the country, chose to stay back despite the threats against her. Her name has been changed to protect her identity as she remains at risk. <I had many opportunities to leave Afghanistan, but it meant leaving behind my elderly parents, in-laws and siblings who had supported me every step of the way. They were at just as much risk as I was because of my profession. How could I just leave them at the mercy of the Taliban and the criminals they released?> Alimi told Al Jazeera. Threats and even armed attacks were not uncommon in her line of work. In the year preceding the takeover, several female judges were targeted in assassination attempts in Afghanistan, resulting in the killing of Judges Qadria Yasini and Zakia Herawi. Alimi, too, had been receiving threats from the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan – threats she ignored owing to her steadfast faith in the rule of law that she had spent years upholding.
'They are looking for me'
However, when the Taliban marched into Afghan cities as part of their stunning takeover of the country last August, they began releasing prisoners from Afghan jails, some of them criminals whom Alimi had helped put in. <I worked in the criminal division court and was part of hearings that convicted many Taliban fighters and other criminals. My name is a part of official verdicts that put many dangerous insurgents behind bars, and they have been looking for me since they were released,> she said, adding that the threats forced her and her family to go in hiding. <I can't even imagine what would they would do to me but I am terrified of what they will do to my family,> she said.
Afghanistan saw an exodus of nearly half a million people in the year since the Taliban takeover. The United Nations said 2.6 million Afghan asylum seekers were registered with them at the end of 2021. While Alimi stayed behind to protect her family, others did so with the hopes of rebuilding their lives now that the war was over. A 52-year-old university professor who only wished to be identified as Marzia says she stayed back for her students, especially the women she was training with the hopes that they would lead a new Afghanistan. <I had a lot of hopes for the next generation, the youth we were training who would take Afghanistan places,> Marzia said. She said she felt a strong sense of loyalty towards the country. <When the Taliban came, I had a few opportunities to leave, and many of my colleagues did leave because of the threats they faced for our work together, but I chose to stay. This country invested so much in me. I got to grow, educate and work here. I can’t just leave everything behind,> she told Al Jazeera.
'Situation is miserable'
Having spent the past year living under the Taliban regime, the two women expressed tremendous disappointment. Marzia had hoped that despite the collapse of the Afghan government and its economy, the end of the war would mean the end of violence and bloodshed, providing some stability to Afghans to rebuild. <But the situation is miserable,> Marzia said. The professor said her family has been hit hard by the economic crisis and is struggling to make ends meet.
<People are starving and the Taliban instead stop me for the clothes I wear or if I don’t have a mahram [male guardian] while travelling. It’s infuriating,> she said. She said she has been instructed by her university's management to remove students from classrooms if they wear bright colours. <How is this governance?> she asked.>>
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2 video's embedded of protesting women

11 Aug 2022
By Michaela Cavanagh, Uta Steinwehr, Jan D. Walter, Ahmad Hakimi
<<Fact check: Have the Taliban kept their promises?
A year ago, the Taliban retook Kabul. In their first press conference after seizing power in Afghanistan, they surprised the world with the announcement of moderate policies. A key pledge was to address women's rights.>>
Note by Gino d'Artali: It indeed is a long read and facts checking article.
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Al Jazeera
11 Aug 2022
By Ruchi Kumar and Zuhal Ahad
Published On 11 Aug 2022
<<A year of Taliban takeover: The missing women in Afghan workforce.
It has been a year since 43-year-old Masuda Samar, a senior official at an Afghanistan ministry, stepped into her office. On August 15 last year, she rushed home early from work to be with her family after hearing that the then Afghan president had fled the country, paving the way for the Taliban to seize capital Kabul. When she went back a few days after the chaos that followed the takeover ebbed, Samar, who requested her name to be changed to avoid persecution by the Taliban, was told she was no longer welcome in the office where she had spent the last 17 years of her life. The Taliban imposed several limitations on women's freedoms since returning to power.
'I feel so insulted'
While the new regime has not directly fired female government em-ployees such as Samar, it has restricted women from entering the workplaces, paying them a significantly reduced salary to stay at home, many working Afghan women told Al Jazeera. <We went back several times in the last one year [to appeal for their jobs]. We decided to wait at the gates of the ministry for days at end waiting to get a hold of the new minister, to convince him to change this decision, but they [Taliban guards] would send us away,> Samar told Al Jazeera. Samar has been withdrawing her meagre salary regularly due to financial pressures on her family. But she feels humiliated.
<Each time I go to the bank, I wipe my tears first because I feel so insulted to take that amount, that I don't even have the right to work and earn. I feel like a beggar,> she said. <But then last month, I received a call from the human resource department, asking me to introduce a male family member to take my place. The HR person said the workload had increased due to the lack of female staff and they wanted to hire men to replace us,> she said. <I was the one who studied to get this job. I worked hard to rise in the ranks and get this position despite the tough challenges. Why should I give up my job to my husband and brother?> she asked, the frustration seeping into her voice. Meanwhile, in the private sector as well, several organisations have reduced the number of female staff, either out of financial crunch, Taliban coercion or as a precautionary measure to avoid the group’s wrath. A study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) this year documented a disproportionate drop in women’s employment in Afghanistan – 16 percent in the months immediately following the Taliban takeover. In contrast, male employment dropped by 6 percent.
<In the pessimistic scenario in which restrictions intensify and women do not feel they can safely show up at their workplaces, the scale of job losses for women could reach 28 percent,> the report warned.
Prior to the Taliban takeover, women made up 22 percent of the Afghan workforce. While the figure is still dismal, it reflected years of social progress in a deeply patriarchal and conservative society like Afghanistan. <Female labour force participation in Afghanistan had been increasing tremendously in the last decades, in some cases better than our regional neighbours,> Afghan economist Saeda Najafizada told Al Jazeera.
'Less power'
Working women in Afghanistan are also vulnerable to unemployment shocks due to the existing economic crisis, restrictions on women's movement by the Taliban, and the prevalent patriarchy. <Women have less power over making their decisions in Afghanistan. Even decisions made by themselves, in many cases, are hugely influenced by societal norms that in a way push them into accepting unwanted outcomes,> Najafizada said. She said the effect is devastating for the economy as it leads to more people having less or nothing to fulfil their basic needs and thus falling below the poverty line. <The absence of women in workspaces in Afghanistan not only affects their household but [also] makes an entire economy dysfunctional,> she added.While the Afghan economy has severely suffered due to the Western sanctions on the Taliban, women-centric businesses were among the worst affected due to the additional restrictions on women.>>
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8 Aug 2022
Note from Gino d'Artali: I highly recommend the here partly quoted article as published on 25 May 2022
by the Women's Media Centre
<<Taliban Abuses Continue; Afghan Women Fight Back.
In late 2001, Afghan women were at the forefront of global agendas, fueled by a mix of media coverage, humanitarian intervention, and military operations. Calls for <liberating> Afghan women were widespread. As of August 2021, the U.S. had spent two decades and over $780 million to promote women's rights in Afghanistan. Now these rights have been stripped away, and any gains — however tenuous — now appear lost. First, let us be clear: Afghan women have always been actively liberating themselves. And they continue to do so now. Afghan women are the ones who led underground schools during the Taliban's first reign from 1996 to 2001 — risking their own lives to educate their girls. They used their chaddaris as tools for feminist activism, smuggling cameras in order to film and expose the abuses of the Taliban to the world. Afghan women have always had a strong voice, but they have always been an underutilized force. If they lead, Afghanistan will have peace. A peace without women is not real peace — not in Afghanistan, or anywhere.
Today, Afghan women are resisting yet again.
In my first book on women in Afghanistan, published in 2009, I explained that women, politics, and the state have always been intertwined in Afghanistan, and conflicts have been fueled by attempts to challenge or change women's status. It appears that we have come full circle since, 20 years later in late 2021, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban once more. Afghanistan consistently ranks among the worst countries in the world in terms of gender equality. In fact, the World Economic Forum ranks Afghanistan as one of the worst places to be a woman, the Women, Peace, and Security Index places Afghanistan 170 out of 170, and the latest Global Gender Gap Index ranks Afghanistan 156 out of 156. There is no doubt that the situation for women in Afghanistan is dire.
In addition to a humanitarian crisis, Afghanistan faces a human rights crisis. Women have reported increased instances of violence deliberately targeting women and girls. The situation is now worse than ever, especially after the Taliban dismantled already-scant gender-based violence support systems. The situation is rooted in deep structural and long-standing challenges that have been exacerbated and institutionalized by the Taliban. Afghanistan's deeply patriarchal society has meant violence against women — in particular domestic violence — has always been widespread. According to the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ 2016 strategy on eliminating violence against women, more than half of all Afghan women reported experiencing at least one type of physical, sexual, or psychological violence, and more than 60 percent were married without their consent.>>
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The Guardian/The Observer
8 Aug 2022
By Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul
<<‘They beat girls just for smiling': life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s return.
Maryam* is near the top of her sixth grade class in Kabul, which under Taliban rule means that her education should be ending in a few months. But the 10-year-old, whose name we have changed to protect her identity, has a strategy to stay in school for another year, and her eyes dance with satisfaction as she explains her plan. <I will make sure I don't answer too many questions right. I have decided to fail, so I can study sixth grade again.> This is Afghanistan nearly a year after the Taliban seized control of the country in a lightning advance, moving so fast to take Kabul they surprised even their own leadership. The country's brightest young citizens are harnessing their intelligence to self-sabotage, because in a twisted system the group has created, that gives them more hope than success. In their campaign for Afghanistan, and in international talks with the US, the Taliban offered an implicit promise, that in return for a slightly tempered version of their puritanical extremism, they would at least bring peace and stability to a country racked by decades of war. Women had an Islamic right to education and to work, their envoys said at international conferences, and without constant war the Afghan economy would have more room to grow. As hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled, many others welcomed the silencing of the guns with hope. Nearly a year on, that vision looks increasingly hollow. Talking about the seis-mic shift last August, Taliban refer to before and after <the victory>. Ordinary Persian-speaking Afghans in the capital speak about life before and after <the fall>, or <the collapse>, suqut in Afghanistan's Dari dialect. The Taliban are an isolated pariah state, not recognised by a single country, even erstwhile allies. Their embrace of their old, violent allies was dramatically exposed last week when the US killed the leader of al Qaida in the heart of Kabul's elite Sherpur neighbourhood. Before that though, they had spent months out of the global spotlight. Putin's invasion of Ukraine was a gift to the Taliban, drawing the world’s attention away as the group cranked up their extremist policies. Women face harsher res-trictions here than anywhere else in the world, barred from secondary education and most work outside healthcare and education. They are forced to be accompanied by a male guardian for all but short jour-neys and required to cover their faces in public. Restrictions are enforced intermittently but, particularly for poorer and more vul-nerable women including those without a guardian, the fear of enforcement alone can be crippling. <Three I've seen women being beaten in the market by Taliban. Sometimes now were wearing trousers they thought were too tight, you should have seen how broken they were afterwards,> said Farkhunda*, 16, who had to stop school in September and has been battling depression. <Another time they beat girls just for smiling and talking too loud. It's a natural thing to chat about dresses you are buying and things,> she said.> She doesn't have Taliban-regulation long, black abaya and the family can’t afford to buy one. <Since then I've even stopped going to study at the madrassa [religious school], it's better to be at home than run into these animals,> she said.
Economic collapse
The economy has collapsed by at least a third, after international sanctions on the Taliban cut trade, the aid that had sustained the last regime dried up, and a militant group ill-prepared to shift from fighting an insurgency to running a government stumbled in their management. <We weren't politically linked to the last government, but the Taliban are just taking revenge that we were here doing business,> said one major entrepreneur who has laid off almost 500 staff after equipment was confiscated and licenses suspended across several sectors.>>
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3 Aug 2022
<<Women in Afghanistan gradually disappearing from public life.
Women in Afghanistan are slowly disappearing from public life, a year after the Taliban retook control of the country and imposed a rigorous version of Islamic Sharia law. FRANCE 24's Shahzaib Wahlah and Sonia Ghezali report from Kabul.
Deprived of education, forced to wear the full veil, banned from politics and the media, women are gradually disappearing from public life in Afghanistan. The Taliban regime has put in place a rigorous version of Islamic Sharia law that leaves no room for women, who make up more than half of the population. A civil servant who spoke to FRANCE 24 on condition of anonymity says she has become little more than a shadow. Her husband is seriously ill and she was the sole breadwinner. <I liked my work, I could offer a good education to my children. But when they arrived I was forced to stay at home. And they cut my salary. I believe that the Taliban are the same as they were before. It is a dark regime.
Click on the player above to watch the report in full.>>
Note from Gino d'Artali: There are several links embedded and all concerning girl's education which 'till today is prohibited by the taliban.


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