A top United Nations official said Wednesday that "Afghanistan under the Taliban remains the most repressive country in the world regarding women's rights." Since taking power nearly 19 months ago, the Taliban has moved systematically to erase women from public life by banning women and girls from schools, from working with nongovernmental organizations and from traveling without a male relative. "Afghanistan is now effectively one of the biggest prisons in the world for women," says Zahra Nader, a freelance Afghan journalist who was formerly a reporter for The New York Times in Kabul and is now based in Canada. She is the editor-in-chief of _Zan Times_, a new Afghan women-led outlet documenting human rights issues in Afghanistan.
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