Women in Afghanistan fear a return to oppression as they are left out of peace talks with Taliban

The Taliban extinguished Kamila Sidiqi’s hopes of becoming a teacher the day she graduated from training college.

As she proudly received her qualification in September 1996, Taliban militiamen entered her home city of Kabul to begin their forbidding five-year-long rule.

Overnight, a place at university or a job were out of the question for the 18-year-old. Girls’ education and women’s employment were banned. She could not leave the house without a burka and chaperone.