A group of Afghan women staged a protest on Friday, near the presidential palace in Kabul. They urged the Taliban to respect their laws. – We Afghan women have worked hard, studied and specialized, educating for 20 years – said one of the participants of the event. “We want our human rights,” she added.
A group of women gathered, holding banners in their hands and chanting, “We Afghan women are together.” She also organized a march. “If women are not present in the country, in society, in the ministry or government, that country or government will not be successful,” said Fatema Etemadi, one of the protesters.
– We Afghan women have worked hard, studied and specialized, educating for 20 years. But today we got removed from the office [w spodziewanym rządzie talibów – przyp. red.]. We want our human rights, said another woman, Hasina Bakhtari, who took part in the demonstration.
Taliban rule in Afghanistan
The Taliban who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 imposed a radical form of Sharia, that is, Islamic law. Its oppression against women was a particularly striking feature of it. Before US troops entered Afghanistan, laws were in place that, inter alia, prohibited women from taking up paid employment and from gaining education. Obligations for women to wear full-face burqas were strictly enforced.
This time, the movement declares that it wants a peaceful rule. Western countries, however, express doubts about this, and the decisions of the new Taliban authorities seem to contradict the assurances of the Taliban. Many Afghans, especially women, the educated or affiliated with the former government or Western coalition forces, fear for their lives.
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