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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


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

MAY 2022
28-9 MAY 2022
9 - 2 MAY 2022

 <I am both father and mother to my daughters. I am the man and woman of my household. I need to go out to care for my family. Where do I get a mahram from?>
Translation mahram:
The function of a 'traditional i.e Islamic' mahram (a male) is to protect and accompany his wife.
Gino d'Artali 

APRIL 2022
23 APRIL - 9 MARCH 2022

MAR 2022
26 Mar - 3 Feb 2022

FEB 2022
21 Feb - 31 Jan 2022


Click here for an overview of 2021

International media about atrocities
against women worldwide.

MAY 2022
25 - 22 MAY 2022
11 - 1 MAY 2022

APRIL 2022
29 - 18 APR 2022

MAR 2022
25 - 15 Mar 2022
15 Mar - 3  Mar 2022

FEB 2022:
25 - 18 Feb 2022   16 - 1 Feb 2022

   JAN 2022:
27-18 Jan 2022   17-10 Jan 2022
07 jan 2022-29 Dec 2021






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

Al Jazeera
9 May 2022
By Famima Faizi
<<By Afghan students run underground book club to keep dreams alive. A group of Afghan students runs an underground club in Kabul to learn, read and write their own stories amid expanding Taliban curbs.
On May 8 last year, 17-year-old Tahira and her classmate were discussing their plans for the Eid holidays when a powerful bomb went off at their school in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood. She was thrown to the other side of the street by the intensity of the explosion. Two more explosions followed targeting Sayed ul-Shuhada High School for girls and leaving 90 people dead, most of them female students. <One moment I was talking to my friend. Next, I was lying in a hospital, and all wired up,> Tahira recalls.
Three pieces of shrapnel had struck her legs. <Two of them were removed and one became part of my body,> Tahira, who does not wish to reveal her full name, told Al Jazeera. No group claimed responsibility for the series of blasts. The neighbourhood in Kabul’s western suburb – home to the predominantly Shia Hazara community – had been the target of brutal attacks in recent years, particularly by the ISIL (ISIS) group. In 2020, 24 people were killed, including newborn babies and their mothers in an attack on a maternity ward. ISIL claimed responsibility for that attack. Politicians and foreign missions in Afghanistan called it an attack on <education>, but to many of the students, it was an attack on their very identities as young women and Hazaras.
A year after the bombing
A year after the bombing the families still are mourning the death of their children, and the students who survived are yet to heal from the trauma. Tahira, who was in the 11th grade, says the school lacked resources, but there was hope. <We had dreams, and that had made the situation bearable,> she says. But in the months following the blasts, as United States troops started to withdraw after 20 years of occupation, the security situation worsened. The Taliban armed group retook power in August 2021 after the pullout of the US soldiers triggered a collapse of the Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani. The violent and chaotic collapse of the West-backed previous government brought an abrupt end to Tahira’s education. Immediately after coming to power, the Taliban promised women’s rights and freedom of the press. But nine months since the takeover, high schools for girls remain closed and public spaces shrinking for Afghan women as the group has expanded curbs.
But Tahira and 29 other students from Sayed ul-Shuhada High School remain unwilling to give up on their education despite the unrelen-ting attacks and renewed Taliban restrictions. They have worked a way around the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education, by attending an underground book club where students gather to learn, read, and even write their own stories.
The book club
The book club, founded by a group of eight civil activists – some of them students, but not all of them – organises reading sessions every Saturday. They are held in a discreet location in western Kabul to avoid Taliban retribution. Tareq Qassemi, a co-founder of the club, says the global media focus shifted overnight due to the war in Ukraine. <Afghanistan is a dead story, but we, the people of Afghanistan, must take ownership,> he said. Qassemi believes girls are the future of the country and must be the narrators of their own stories. Living to Tell the Tale, the first volume of the autobiography of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, was one of the first books that the girls read.>>
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Al Jazeera
8 May 2022
By Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori
<<Afghan women deplore Taliban’s new order to cover faces in public. In their latest decree, the Taliban say it is ‘required for all respectable Afghan women to wear a hijab’.
The Taliban has issued yet another decree imposing further restrictions on Afghan women, and criminalising their clothing.
While the Taliban have always imposed restrictions to govern the bodies of Afghan women, the decree is the first for this regime where criminal punishment is assigned for violation of the dress code for women. The Taliban’s recently reinstated Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice announced on Saturday that it is <required for all respectable Afghan women to wear a hijab>, or headscarf. The ministry, in a statement, identified the chadori (the blue-coloured Afghan burqa or full-body veil) as the <best hijab> of choice. Also acceptable as a hijab, the statement declared, is a long black veil covering a woman from head to toe. The ministry statement provided a description: <Any garment covering the body of a woman is considered a hijab, provided that it is not too tight to represent the body parts nor is it thin enough to reveal the body.> Punishment was also detailed: Male guardians of offending women will receive a warning, and for repeated offences they will be imprisoned. <If a woman is caught without a hijab, her mahram (a male guardian) will be warned. The second time, the guardian will be summoned [by Taliban officials], and after repeated summons, her guardian will be imprisoned for three days,> according to the statement. Akif Muhajir, a spokesman for the ministry, said that government employees who violate the hijab rule will be fired.
And male guardians found guilty of repeated offences <will be sent to the court for further punishment>, he said.
‘Third-class citizens’
The new decree is the latest in a series of edicts restricting women’s freedoms imposed since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last summer. News of the decree was received with widespread condemnation and outrage by Afghan women and activists. “Why have they reduced women to [an] object that is being sexualised?” asked Marzia, a 50-year-old university professor from Kabul. The professor’s name has been changed to protect her identity, as she fears Taliban repercussions for expressing her views publicly. <I am a practicing Muslim and value what Islam has taught me. If, as Muslim men, they have a problem with my hijab, then they should observe their own hijab and lower their gaze,> she said. <Why should we be treated like third-class citizens because they cannot practice Islam and control their sexual desires?> the professor asked, anger evident in her voice. As an unmarried woman who looks after her mother, Marzia does not have a mahram. She is the sole breadwinner in her small family. <I am unmarried, and my father died very long ago, and I look after my mother,> she said. <The Taliban killed my brother, my only mahram, in an attack 18 years ago. Would they now have me borrow a mahram for them [to] punish me next time?> she asked.>>
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The Guardian
8 May 2022
Supported by
By Zahra Joya and Rukhshana reporters in Kabul
<<Despite everything that has happened to her country since the Taliban seized power last August, 29-year old Nafisa still never believed there would come a day when she would be unable to feel the sun on her face as she walked the streets of Kabul. Yet on Saturday, the Taliban’s sinisterly named ministry for the propagation of virtue ordered that Nafisa, along with millions of women across Afghanistan, should ideally not leave the house at all. If they do, they must be fully veiled and never show their faces in public. <The Taliban has no plans for Afghanistan other than imposing restrictions on women,> says Nafisa, who says she rejects the Taliban’s latest attempts to push Afghan women into the shadows. <I do not accept the obligatory hijab and I will never wear a burqa.> The restrictions require women to either wear a burqa, the head-to-toe covering that allows women to see through only a small grille at eye-level or a full niqab, which covers the face but not the eyes. Most Afghan women already wear some form of hijab, but many in cities such as Kabul previously covered only their hair. Along with the decree, the Taliban issued a detailed set of restrictions and punishments that leave women’s family members responsible for their compliance and facing fines and jail if they are seen in public uncovered. If women working for the government go out without their face veiled they will be fired and Taliban fighters will also lose their jobs if their female relatives fail to obey the new restrictions. For many women in Kabul, the decree comes on the back of a campaign of harassment and violence at the hands of the Taliban and their street enforcers that has been mounting in recent months. Young women in the capital who before last summer had never lived under Taliban rule say the religious police force has been emboldened, roaming the streets of the city looking for excuses to question, intimidate and beat women for wearing colourful clothes, jeans or travelling without a male companion. Nazanin, a public university student, was beaten by the Taliban for sitting in the front seat of a taxi about two weeks ago in Kabul. <They lashed me two times across my back. It felt like my bones were broken.> Nazanin said after she was beaten, the taxi driver was arrested and taken to the police station. Shabnam, 23, who lives in Kabul, says she does not feel safe walking in the streets any more. Three weeks ago Taliban fighters stopped her 12-year old cousin, held her down and cut her hair in public because it was not fully covered by a scarf. Shortly after, her cousin and her family fled the country. <The Taliban have taken away my very basic right, which is the right to choose my own clothes, and this is very painful for me,> she says. At the beginning of the year, the Taliban arrested several women who protested against the forced hijab and held them in an unknown location until they were forced to release them following international outrage.>>
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Al Jazeera
7 May 2022
<<Taliban orders Afghan women to cover their faces in public
The move is one of the harshest restrictions imposed on Afghanistan’s women since the Taliban seized power last year.
Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered the country’s women to cover their faces in public – one of the harshest restrictions imposed on them since the Taliban seized power last year and an escalation of growing restrictions on women that is drawing a backlash from the international community and many Afghans. <They should wear a chadori (head-to-toe burqa) as it is traditional and respectful,> said a decree issued by Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhunzada that was released by authorities at a function in Kabul on Saturday. A spokesman for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice read the decree from Akhunzada at a media conference, saying that a woman’s father or closest male relative would be visited and eventually imprisoned or fired from government jobs if she did not cover her face outside the home. The spokesman added that the ideal face covering is the burqa, which became a global symbol of the Taliban’s previous hardline rule from 1996 until 2001. Most women in Afghanistan wear a headscarf, but many in urban areas, such as Kabul, do not cover their faces. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Fawzia Koofi, former Afghanistan parliament deputy speaker, said the Taliban’s decrees regarding women can only be regarded as <oppression and repression>. <The question is, in the middle of all this suffering for Afghan people, why is the issue of women the only one taking priority,> asked Koofi, while referring to the deepening economic crisis across the country. <The biggest challenge women face every day is the lack of jobs and economic crisis,> she said. Since taking over Afghanistan, the Taliban have reintroduced draconian restrictions on freedoms and movements, particularly directed at women, that are reminiscent of their last rule in the 1990s. Over the last few months, Taliban leaders, particularly from the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, have announced many new restrictions, even as criticism and international pressure mounts against them. In December, the ministry, which replaced the Afghan Ministry of Women Affairs, imposed restrictions on women from travelling further than 72km (45 miles) without a close male relative.>>
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Note by Gino d'Artali: As part of the article there's a link to 'taking over Afghanistan' and a video link: 

Al Jazeera
4 May 2022
By Lizzy Billing
<<A letter to … the Taliban men who drove me from my home
Months after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a woman who was on the group’s ‘kill list’ and forced to flee, laments all that has been lost.
I am far away from you now. Around me are new faces, different faces, faces unlike my own; faces from many countries. This room is full, hot and filled with the odour of hundreds of strangers. The woman in front is growing distressed. She scratches at her elbow, exposing a fair arm. Her hair is greasy and she keeps looking back at me. Why does she keep looking back at me? I don’t like it. The man sitting next to me has noisy, rattling breathing. He rests his arm on the armrest of the chair between us. It’s too close. This is <orientation>, they say, to settle in Canada. I can hear them talking, just about … but their voices are blurred and unclear. They are telling us about the weather and how it will differ from Afghanistan. And the roads, shops, food, the culture – and their beliefs, I think. I am sweating now. My heart is pounding, punching against my chest. A high-pitched ringing floods into my head and I jump from my chair and flee to the restroom.
Even this restroom is different.

The faces that are like my own, that would settle me, the faces familiar to me – of my family and my friends – are left behind in the country that you took from us. I am an Afghan woman. I was a journalist. I was successful. I supported my family and I had friends supporting me. Now, I am hundreds of miles away from everything I knew. I have been in this new country for months and it’s beautiful here. I can see the mountains from the window and I can feel the peace. But I am wearing the same clothes I left my home in. Sometimes, if I push my nose deep into the fabric, I can still smell home.

The smell taunts me and I cannot move on.

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The Guardian
3 May 2022
Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
By Elise Blanchard in Kandahar
<<‘I am sure they will change’: Taliban swap guns for pens to learn about human rights.
Around a conference room table, young Taliban fighters quietly listen to an instructor teaching them how to behave with civilians.
Awkwardly armed with notebooks and pens, most of the 25 fighters turned policemen have never been in a classroom before. They have spent most of their young lives as combatants in rural areas, and under their ample traditional outfits, their wrist-sized ankles betray how undernourished they are. <What is the problem with bringing weapons inside a hospital?> trainer Raouf asks. <People will be scared,> a young Taliban member answers. <It will have a bad effect on sick people,> another says. This two-day class on international humanitarian law (IHL), organised by Geneva Call, a humanitarian organisation, takes place in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. <Did you ever bring your gun inside the hospital?> Raouf asks. All the fighters laugh. <Yes,> they say, <of course!>
The rules of IHL can seem obvious: you cannot punish someone you arrest before they go to court; boys under 18 are children and should not fight; or <if someone is not fighting against you, you should not fight them>. But, Raouf says, these students <have no knowledge of all these things, they were in the mountains with only guns>. Since October, Raouf has trained 250 men in Kandahar. <If we continue, I am sure they will change. I have seen a lot of changes already.> After class, the fighters say they will modify some behaviours. <I will not enter hospitals with weapons any more,> says Barakatullah, 28. <It was also new for me to hear that we have to respect the human dignity of prisoners.> >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali:
And the human dignity and sovereinity of women. But ok, the saying is 'the future is with the youth' so let's hope this will count to for the taliban late-teen soldiers.

Al Jazeera
02 May 2022
<<Al Jazeera wins record eight Drum Online Media Awards
AJ Contrast immersive scoops Grand Prix jury prize and two first places; AJ Digital shares three top prizes with AJE’s 101 East for This is Myanmar’s State of Fear.>>
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Comment by Gino d'Artali:
As the readers of know Al Jazeera is one of my most respected source from which I quote to almost daily. With winning these awards I give them a standing ovation!

Al Jazeera
2 May 2022
By Ruchi Kumar and Hikmat Noori
<<Eid brings little joy for millions of Afghans facing hunger
Afghans struggle to put food on the table as the humanitarian situation continues to remain grim.
People across Afghanistan celebrated Eid on Sunday, but for millions of Afghans, it was yet another day of struggle to bring food to the table. More than 90 percent of Afghans have been facing a shortage of food, according to the United Nations. Jamal, who did not wish to share his real name, is among those for whom Eid, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, brought litte joy. The 38-year-old has struggled to make ends meet as the country finds itself gripped by a severe humanitarian crisis triggered since the Taliban takeover last August. A few pieces of bread from the nearby bakery is what Jamal could secure for his family of 17 members. Some of it will be saved for later to be had with whatever meal they are able to receive from charitable friends and neighbours. <But I don’t expect we will get much even for Eid. Who will give me money or food? The whole city is living under poverty. I never saw anything like it even in the refugee camps where I grew up,> he said, referring to his upbringing in refugee camps in neighbouring Pakistan. A former junior-level government official, Jamal spent most of the month of Ramadan looking for work or support to find food for sehri (suhoor in Arabic), the pre-dawn meal, and for iftar, the meal to break one’s fast at dusk. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.
‘The worst Ramadan of my life’
Jamal says his situation wasn’t always so dire. He recalls previous Ramadans – a time of prayers, spiritual reflection, and family.
<Every Ramadan and Eid we come together with the family and community to worship. This month and the Eid has always been about unity and forgiveness for us, but this year it has been the opposite,> Jamal said. <It has been the worst Ramadan of my life; not only are we starving, but there is no unity, nor can we worship in peace,> he said, referring to the recent attacks on mosques in Afghanistan. Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada on Sunday congratulated Afghans on <victory, freedom and success> while attending Eid prayers in the eastern city of Kandahar. But the humanitarian crisis and the deteriorating security situation did not find mention in his address.>>
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Opinion By Gino d'Artali
Akhunzada is a coward who does not have the guts to look the situation in the face!!
Also I applaud Mr. Jamal but let's not forget that tens of thousands of women are fighting i.e. struggling to survive because they (choose not to) don't have a 'mahram'.

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