In 2012, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was 15 and an outspoken advocate for children's and girls' access to education when she was shot by fundamentalist Taliban fighters opposed to her public stance and to gender equality. She fought for her life and subsequently resumed her work which eventually earned her a Nobel Peace prize in [...]

The Taliban, a powerful Islamist political movement, has been active in Afghanistan since the 1990s. They were able to wrest control of the country and impose several years of strict, fundamentalist rule for several years. Among other measures, they forbade girls from attending school and women from working outside of the house; banned music and […]