26 September 2020

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Friday September 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, rights activist Maryam Durani has found a fresh outlet for her decades of advocacy - a new fitness center for women.
Durani, 36, is a fierce campaigner for women’s rights in the conservative stronghold where the Islamist Taliban militant group have major sway and take a conservative stance on the position of women, who mostly wear the burqa in public.
She runs a radio station for women, has served on the provincial council and was presented with the International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama for in 2012. Last year, Durani switched tack to open a female-only gym, which draws about 50 women attend each day.
“The reaction of the ladies was very positive because they needed it,” she said, shortly after working out with a group of clients. “What bothered me was the reaction of the men...who reacted negatively to our club and even insulted me because they thought our club was in opposition to Sharia.”
With a troop withdrawal signed between the United States and the Taliban, who have fought a bloody war for 19 years, many women in Afghanistan worry the militant group may exert its influence through formal political channels.
When the Taliban ruled the country between 1996 and 2001, they banned education for females and barred women from leaving the house without a male relative.
The group says it has changed but many women remain skeptical.
“My only concern is about their view of women’s rights and what freedoms and restrictions they will impose on me,” said Durani.
For now, her focus is on serving the dozens of women who attend the club, whom she describes as a cross-section of society including housewives and women who work outside the home.
“My only wish is to be seen as a human in this society,” she said.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Herat (BNA) Hundreds of needy families were assisted in Herat.
The donations included flour, rice, oil, blanket, Tarpaulin and household items.
Herat media office said in a newsletter that 400 families are in need of food were helped during this period.
These families have suffered severe financial losses as a result of war, floods and spread of the Corona virus.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) assisted food to 250 deserved families in Ghazni.
The materials included rice, oil, beans, salt, tea, sugar and biscuits.
An official of ARCS in Ghazni told BNA that these families were in financial trouble due to the war and the spread of the Coronavirus and need help.
The office says it continues to provide assistance to needy families in Afghanistan.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Food items was distributed to 300 families in Nangarhar today.
The head of Nangarhar media office told BNA that domestic aid foundations distributed flour, oil and bean to 300 families who lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jalalabad city.
He said the distribution of the aid continues.
T. Yarzada

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