Women’s rights are under attack. Not in America, but in the Middle East.
Over the past few weeks, the world has watched in horror as the uncalculated efforts by the Biden Administration to pull out of Afghanistan have led to the growth and strengthening of the Taliban.
Although many American women can share stories about unprovoked assault and less than dignifying treatment, nothing can systematically compare to the sudden terror that Afghan women are forced to face under the brutal control of terrorist organizations.
Under the Taliban, women are not only discouraged, but threatened if they go to school, work, or even leave their homes. In an article from the New York Times, it is simply stated that “During the first years of Taliban rule, from 1996 to 2001, women were forbidden to work outside the home or even to leave the house without a male guardian. They could not attend school, and faced public flogging if they were found to have violated morality rules, like one requiring that they be fully covered.”
Women are treated as property by the Taliban. Every aspect of a woman’s life is determined by the men in her family. If a woman acts beyond what is permitted, she could easily be subjected to brutal and violent treatment.
Although there are many examples from decades ago, the Taliban has already begun its long-awaited work to create contemporary cases of gendered violence.
CNN reported a story about an Afghan woman named Najia, who was brutally beaten to death on July 12th. For days, fifteen Taliban fighters had appeared at her door demanding Najia cook for them. On the fourth day, Najia admitted that she could not afford to cook for them, to which the Taliban responded by beating her to death with their AK-47s. Najia’s daughter, Manizha, cried for the fighters to stop, receiving a grenade in response.
Despite the Taliban’s denial, BBC notes three sources explaining the ruthless murder of a pregnant police officer Banu Negar. Taliban members appeared at Negar’s house before tying up her husband and children and proceeding to beat and shoot her. According to the BBC, relatives were able to provide photographic evidence of the scene.
Even though the Taliban has declared it will not be seeking “revenge” and that everything will be “forgiven,” these aforementioned examples prove the opposite. In the earlier days, the Taliban sought to oppress women and enforced their oppression with gruesome murders. After years of Afghan women gaining careers, political, educational, and basic rights, the Taliban has immediately reversed this, forcing women into burqas, and beginning their reign of violence and despotism.
This tragic turn of events in Afghanistan should, at the very least, remind those in the United States that believe women are systematically oppressed – whether it be by the inaccurate lie of the pay gap or the foolish claims that the disagreement over abortion is the desire to control women – that proponents of women’s rights should shift their focus to the emergency in the Middle East.
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