CNN’s Clarissa Ward was reportedly told by Taliban fighters to stand to the side because she’s a woman.
Business Insider reported that Ward said on air that Taliban had made the request. “They’ve just told me to stand to the side because I’m a woman,” Ward said.
Ironically enough, Ward labeled those same Taliban as being “friendly” despite their chanting “death to America.”
Ward’s presence in Afghanistan as it is taken over by Taliban has forced the reporter to alter her appearance almost immediately, serving as a reminder to the new restrictions that will be placed on women in the country after the “woke” Biden admin allowed the Taliban to seize control.
Ward is now forced to wear a black garment covering her hair. The wardrobe change was in stark contrast to what she wears while indoors on camera.
BBC News anchor and correspondent Yalda Hakim echoed the assumption that women will lose rights under the Taliban by noting women in Afghanistan are already being told to leave schools.
“Women in Herat, now under Taliban control are telling me when they tried to enter the grounds of their University today they were told to go home,” Hakim tweeted. “Women working in offices also turned away. Schools have been shut down. 60 percent of University students in Herat were women.”
On Tuesday, the Taliban claimed it would protect women’s rights, with a spokesman saying “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is ready to provide women with environment to work and study, and the presence of women in different (government) structures according to Islamic law and in accordance with our cultural values.”
The statement, however, does not necessarily fall in line with what is actually going on under the new Taliban rule.
“Local reports say Taliban fighters are already going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 as Jihadist commanders order imams to create ‘marriage lists’ and offer girls for sexual servitude,” the Daily Mail reported earlier this week. “Taliban soldiers are to marry the women aged from 12 to 45 … because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ — to be divided up among the victors.”
The first female Afghan Air Force pilot, Niloofar Rahmani, spoke out against this change during an interview with Fox News.
“Since I have heard what happened there in Afghanistan, I can not sleep, I can not get my mind together, I’m so in fear for their security.”
She added, “The Taliban now promise that they’re going to give all the rights for a woman. That’s not absolutely right. As Afghan woman, I don’t believe this. We will be, the world will be witness that the Taliban are going to stone women again for nothing.”
Continuing, Rahmani said, “From this situation Afghan woman is going to get hurt the most. This is war against women, not against men. And this is exactly what the Afghan woman is going to be witnessing and going through from now on.”
Author: Matthew Timmond