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Think Change episode 10: what has the impact of Taliban rule been, one year on? Afghan women’s perspectives

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Seema Ghani, Nargis Nehan, Forozan Rasooli

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Twenty years of western intervention in Afghanistan were bought to an abrupt end a year ago after the Taliban’s swift advance on Kabul.

Their takeover sparked international disarray. Short-term, humanitarian solutions have failed to address the most critical challenges Afghans face.

The Taliban were ‘semi-governing’ everyday life in parts of Afghanistan long before the fall of Kabul. Reports from the country have been troubling albeit not surprising over the past year – with restrictions on freedom of speech, erosion of the rights of women and girls, and a devastating economic and food security crisis across the country. But with the war in Ukraine dominating the headlines and funding, it has been tricky to get a clear picture of what is really happening.

This episode delves into the current situation in Afghanistan, as seen through the eyes of Afghan women who have played key roles in the development of their country. They discuss the role that regional and international partners have been playing and explain what needs to change.


  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • Seema Ghani, human rights activist
  • Nargis Nehan, Afghan former Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Industries
  • Forozan Rasooli, women’s rights activist