The protest, which took place in Herat, a city in west Afghanistan saw the women take to the streets with placards and chant for education, work and basic security.
They ask for this because before the 20-year US and NATO presence in the country, women and girls were largely denied rights to receive education.
They were mostly unable to work.
Burquas were mandatory in public.
They were unable to leave their homes without a Mahram (male guardian).
During the Taliban's previous stint in power, even the idea of protesting was virtually unthinkable.
That's why this week's protest is not only incredibly empowering, but also a reflection of the desparate situation the women and children of the country are in.
Per AFP, women are willing to sacrifice some freedoms in order for their daughters to receive education.
"We are even ready to wear burqas if they tell us, but we want the women to go to school and work," one woman told the network.
This time around, the Taliban have said their leadership will be "inclusive", and they've also asserted that women will be able to work, though with the stipulation that it's .
That said, widespread doubt about the validity of these pledges is rife.
"We don't see any women in Taliban meetings and gatherings," one protestor pointed out.
Another sign simply read: "No government is stable without the support of women."
Throughout the protest, watched by Taliban fighters, women continued: "Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. We are together."
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