The return of misogynistic gynophobes to Afghanistan is a global problem

Afghan women. Credit: Shelley Keatson / IPS
  • by Sania Farooqui (COM)New Delhi, India)
  • Inter press service

After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, in August 2021 The Taliban ended shockingly quickly and forcibly advanced through Afghanistan, capturing Kabul on 15 August. What followed this takeover has since been a series of human rights violations, humanitarian catastrophe, denial of women’s rights and freedom of the media – the most important achievements of the recovery effort since 2001. The country is also experiencing a deadly humanitarian crisis, with malnutrition growing across the country, with 95 per cent of households experiencing food insecurity and food insecurity, according to report. The number of malnourished children in Afghanistan, it has more than doubled since August, with some dying before reaching hospitals.

According to this report9 million people are close to starvation in Afghanistan, millions have spent months without a steady income. of Afghanistan the economic crisis has been going on for years; result of poverty, conflict and drought. This, combined with a sudden drop in international aid, has made it harder for Afghans to survive, adding to this list the illicit opium trade and alarming drug addictionan ongoing challenge for the country.

However, the Taliban’s priority was not to save the economy and the country from these disasters; instead, under the guise of religion, it did not take too long for the fundamentalist group to focus and show its misogynistic gynophobia toward women and girls as expected. What the Taliban fear again, Afghan girls attend school after 6th grade, a decision that directly affects 1.1 million high school girls, depriving them of a future.

The Taliban also reported women and girls are expected to stay at home and if they dare to go out, they will have to cover themselves with loose, wide clothes that reveal only their eyes, making it one of the toughest measures to control women’s lives in Afghanistan since he took power last August. They are so afraid of women journalists, they ordered all women news anchors to cover their faces while on the air.

International human rights groups, Human Rights Watch, say the list of Taliban women who violate the rights of women and girls is long and growing. Among the many listed are the appointment of an all-male cabinet, the abolition of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and its replacement by the Ministry of Vice and Virtue. Prohibition of secondary education for girls, prohibition of women from all work, blocking women from traveling long distances or leaving the country alone. “They have issued new rules on how women should dress and behave. They enforce these rules through violence, “it said report.

There have been women in Afghanistan since last August retaliation, through protests demanding the right to work and school.

“We know that what is happening is appalling, it is unfair, it is inhumane, what the international community will do to make accountability easier now,” Wahedi said.

In 2021, Wahedi was named one of the leaders of the next generation by TIME magazine, her mobile app Ehtesab, and crowd sources confirmed reports of bombings, shootings, blockades and problems with urban services, helping Kabul residents stay safe. As a young technology entrepreneur, Wahedi says he is one of the few who has received his education and the freedom to do whatever he wants because times have been different.

“I feel incredibly guilty, I think most Afghan women who are outside Afghanistan who have managed to continue their education to the highest level have a crippling sense of anxiety and guilt. Education has been ingrained in our psyche since we were born of our parents, but it was also different for our country because we saw war, we saw instability, it is even more appropriate to get out of this life, all Afghan girls, they know that and taking it away from them so violently has obviously affected their mental health, and I feel an inexplicable level of guilt that I am in this position, ”Wahedi said.

Women and girls continue to bear the brunt of restrictions imposed by the Taliban and their doctrine, as seen in the past. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) in this report He said: “What we are witnessing today in Afghanistan is the institutionalized, systematic oppression of women.”

In this interview given to CNN, Sirajudin Hakani, Afghanistan’s acting interior minister and deputy Taliban leader since 2016, said: “We keep naughty women at home.” After being pressured to clarify his comments, he said: “When I said naughty women, it was a joke about those naughty women who are controlled on the other hand to question the current government.”

With the Taliban coming to power, there is no doubt that women in Afghanistan will continue to face an uncertain future, and in order to prevent irreversible damage to the female population, the international community and organizations must not only condemn the Taliban but hold them accountable. speaks on behalf of Afghan women, before they are all forced to become invisible. No matter how little progress has been made by women in Afghanistan, the Taliban, through their rules and policies, have turned them around, pushing women to invisibility and exacerbating inequalities against women. What they are afraid of – women to be educated, to be seen, to have an identity, an agency, a job, a job, rights, freedom and their ability to hold them accountable. The realities of life under Taliban control, regardless of timeline, remain the same.

Sanya Farooki is a New Delhi-based journalist, director and host of the Sania Farooqui Show, where she regularly speaks with women who have made significant contributions to socio-economic change worldwide. She writes and reports regularly for IPS news.

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