U.S. considers visas for vulnerable Afghan women

The Biden administration is considering an expedited visa path for vulnerable Afghan women who may become targets of the Taliban.

That's according to U.S officials.

Women politicians, journalists and activists continue to face intimidation, discrimination and violence.

Human rights groups are calling for up to 2,000 visas specifically for vulnerable women and women's advocates.

After the U.S military pull out of Afghanistan this month -

advocacy groups have urged the White House to develop a plan to evacuate thousands which include those who have worked with foreign forces and translators.

One of the officials also said men and minorities working in high-risk professions are also being considered.

The White House declined to comment, but U.S. President Joe Biden said he will speak on Afghanistan on Thursday.

Women police officers, media workers, judges and medical workers have been assassinated in Afghanistan as foreign military have left the country.

Women who appear on TV and radio faced particular threats, Human Rights Watch wrote in April.

Under the Taliban, women were barred from education or work, required to fully cover their bodies, and could not leave home without a male relative.

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