Foreign aid groups, eager to assist a hungry nation, insist on guarantees for their female Afghan staff to operate freely. The Taliban might listen.
Since taking power five weeks ago, the Taliban have not put gender equality high on their priorities in Afghanistan. No woman sits on the interim Cabinet, for instance. Girls are barred from high school. Yet in coming weeks as the country faces emergency levels of hunger, the Islamic group could see the rights and roles of women in a new light.