For the second day, a small group of Afghan women took to the streets in Kabul to protest their rights and for equality and democracy. In Afghanistan, they are expected to once again ban girls from school and women from work by enforcing Sharia, effectively eliminating them from public life. Only a few dozen took part in the demonstration, but the event – Notes CNN has been extraordinarily open against Taliban rule.
Although Taliban leaders publicly claim that women can also play a prominent role in society and be present in education, there are actually many examples of women being forced out of their jobs, noting that working women need to stay at home.
Since the Taliban seized power, women in many families have been at home in fear and started buying face coverings for female family members.
Activists gathered near the presidential palace, among others We are not the women of the ’90s. Raising high banners, a reference to the former Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, when women were denied nearly all rights, such as not being able to go to school and even going out on the streets with a male relative.
Following local media sources, the Maritime Transport Movement reported that the demonstration turned violent, with at least one woman injured. A video clip shows a group of Taliban militants and women arguing violently, and several of the women in the sequence are coughing violently, most likely due to tear gas.
It seems that it is no longer possible to organize political demonstrations
Afghan journalist Zaki Al-Darjabi commented on Twitter and also shared a video of the demonstration.
The Taliban has previously said it will respect women’s rights, but analysts note that new Afghan leaders see a strict interpretation of Islam that harms women as the religion’s only authentic tenet. Tomb of Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, one of the extremists’ top leaders, told the BBC this week that it was unlikely that women would be given top positions in the new government, adding only that “they will have a role as well”.
CNN reports that, by the way, a demonstration was held in Herat Thursday before a demonstration in the capital to protect women, as well as the right to study and work. Among other things, it was written on their banner that no government could last long without the support of women.
The extremist Islamist Taliban movement is expected to form a government in Kabul these days.