Taliban Policies Violating Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
The treatment of women by the Taliban is highly controversial. Between 1996 and 2001 in Afghanistan in the period 1996-2001, the Taliban was widely regarded as notorious for its sexism and violence against women. The stated goal was to create the “secure space where the purity and dignity of females can be sacrosanct” Based on Pashtunwali beliefs regarding being a part of purdah. Since the Taliban took over most areas of Afghanistan by 2021, there are many questions.
Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
In the initial Taliban news conference, since the group could regain control of Kabul, the Afghan capital city, Kabul, Taliban spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid sought to assure women. “Our sisters, our men, have the same rights,” he declared. However, Afghan women have a deep understanding of the history of the Taliban well. While they were in power from 1996 until 2001, they closed down all educational opportunities for girls and women and restricted women to their homes unless they had a male family member in the house, thus denying them the chance to work in most fields and even the freedom to leave the house to stroll.
Women searching for education were made to attend underground schools where teachers and students were at risk of death if they were found guilty. In addition, they weren’t allowed to see male doctors without male chaperones, which led to illness not being treated. They were subject to public flogging and execution for violating lawful Taliban regulations. The Taliban permitted and in a few instances encouraged marriages for girls younger than the age of 16 years old. Amnesty International reported that 80 percent of Afghan weddings were forced.
Since August 15, when Kabul was captured by the Taliban, the last few weeks have been continuously insufficient information for women and girls. Each day is filled with evidence of how they’re implementing an enormous reversal in women’s right to rights. However, Afghan women are taking to the streets and demonstrating despite the violence of Taliban Taliban or attempts by the Taliban to shut down protests. Human Rights Watch stands with Afghan women and has compiled a list of Taliban policies that violate women’s rights. Keep an eye on the site for news.
Struggling to keep track of all the ways the Taliban is rolling back the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan? We're making a list. https://t.co/YQsR1YrNRr
— Heather Barr (@heatherbarr1) September 29, 2021
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, pictures of Afghan women dressed in flowing blue burqas helped convince all the people around the globe. Laura Bush gave a radio speech about Afghan women, and Cherie Blair delivered an address, both of whom urged all nations to encourage Western governments to pay attention to providing Afghan girls and women the opportunity to have a “voice.” Today, twenty decades later, an entirely new generation of Afghan girls and young women has been raised to view Afghanistan’s Taliban time as a shadow of their mother’s past and not the kind of thing that can take away their dreams.
The tools available to the international community aren’t as extensive, and their political will is doubtful. However, as shocking as Taliban violations against women were in 2001, they’re more shocking now. Women across the globe have struggled for their rights with varying but significant successes. Over the past 20 years, girls and women in Afghanistan have enjoyed a degree of freedom, and they are now seeking more. Assisting Afghan females in the fight for their rights and locating ways to pressurize the Taliban and the will is, at the very least and most important, thing the international community could do.