The U.S. has appointed two women diplomats to senior posts representing Washington in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri has been appointed as a special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights. She has spent two decades advising governments, the UN, and think tanks on issues related to Afghanistan. Under former US President Barack Obama, she served as a senior adviser to the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Stephenie Foster, from the US State Department, will be the new senior adviser for women and girls to US operations to evacuate and resettle Afghans at risk.

The move comes close on the heels of Taliban imposing fresh restrictions on women in Afghanistan. Taliban has curbed the rights of women and girls. Most of them have been banned from working. The majority have been banned even from attending schools. In yet another move, Taliban officials issued an edict prohibiting women from traveling more than 75km by road unless they are accompanied by a close male relative.