答案在The Economist April 2nd 2022 Asia 中 “Afghanistan–No country for young women” 这篇文章首二段可以找到。
backtrack v. 走回头路，原路返回，收回说法，改变意见，出尔反尔
retrace your steps, go back, reverse, retreat
retract, withdraw, retreat, draw back
She refused to backtrack from her criticisms of the proposal.
stone to death
stone to death 用石头砸死（某人）
On March 23rd thousands of Afghan girls headed to school for the first time in eight months, kitted out in bulging rucksacks, neatly pressed headscarves and covid-19 face masks. Within hours, they were at home in tears—and not because of playground fights or test results. In a last-minute pivot, the Taliban had backtracked on a decision to reopen secondary schools for girls and sent them home.
The new Taliban are beginning to look a lot like the old Taliban who ran Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when women who failed to cover every inch of flesh in public were beaten and adulterers were stoned to death. But Afghan women have changed after two decades of American-backed government. Many have university degrees. Before the Taliban seized power last year, almost 30% of civil servants were women. On the streets of Kabul book-waving girls have been chanting: “open the schools”.