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For painted nails – severed fingers, for an open face – to kill: the terrible fate of women in Afghanistan

Date: February 4, 2023 Time: 04:29:01

Why are the Afghan authorities breaking their promises?

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When the Taliban (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) came to power last year, the question immediately arose: what will happen to all the human rights that the US and its allies have been trying to cultivate in the Asian country for years? last 20 years? ? They were all especially concerned with women’s rights and, as it turned out, for good reason.

In recent years, the number of women who have received an education has increased almost 40 times in Afghanistan. Representatives of the weaker sex received the right to work and hold leadership positions. For example, Zarifa Ghafari, 29, became the mayor of the city of Maidanshahr. The Afghans have found their place in the army and the police.

What awaited all these women who believed in gender equality? If we recall the promises of the Taliban immediately after entering Kabul in August 2021, it may seem that the new masters of Afghanistan were quite progressive people. “We declare that there will be no violence against women,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at the time.

“We don’t want women to become victims,” ​​Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s culture commission, echoed to his “colleague.”

But the reality turned out to be much harsher than “Afghan fairy tales”. The first general requirement for women when the Taliban came to power was the mandatory wearing of clothing that completely concealed the body, which caused the price of burqas to rise sharply, almost 10-12 times. And it was not just about unfounded bans: in Takhar province, for example, the Taliban shot a woman because she was not wearing a headscarf.

In several regions, women were once again prohibited from going out without men and threatened with cutting off their fingers for having painted their nails. Also, ladies were forbidden to wear heels, as “no one should listen to women’s footsteps.”

And now, finally, the Taliban’s policy towards women has come to a logical conclusion. This week, the Afghan Ministry of Education finally banned women from higher education. Somewhere the “weaker sex” was not allowed into the building of the educational institution, in other places girls were expelled corny from the university.

If earlier the country’s authorities demanded separate education for men and women in universities and academies, now they have completely “turned around”, depriving those who were not lucky enough to be born with beards even an illusory chance to get a diploma. . .

Even as early as March of this year, there were multiple reports of girls being kicked out of schools across Afghanistan to prevent them from completing their general education. The Taliban then allowed everyone to study and then placed restrictions on the girls.

However, education for the “weaker sex” in Afghanistan is really useless, because the proportion of women working outside the home is constantly declining and is now less than 15%. In addition, if in some area there is a sufficient number of men with the necessary qualifications, then women are deliberately expelled from there. For example, this year some employees of the local Ministry of Finance were offered to find a replacement for them – a man who could come up with their rate.

Now walking the streets of Afghanistan without a headscarf can be deadly, and going out without a male relative more than 70 kilometers from home is generally considered unacceptable. And there is nowhere to go especially, because gyms, baths and entertainment complexes were prohibited for ladies.

However, not all residents of the Muslim country are delighted with the Taliban and its moves to enforce sharia. Many are trying to give their daughters at least some education, thanks to which, according to various estimates, from 100 to 300 clandestine schools for women and girls operate in Afghanistan. The “granite of sciences” gnaws at private apartments, houses and even caves in the literal sense of the word.

Literally in a year, Afghanistan, which no longer seemed to be a particularly “advanced” state, literally slipped into the Middle Ages. This situation is beneficial for the Taliban: the stupider people are, the easier it is to control them. But where is America looking, talking so much about free speech, women’s rights and other “democratic values” but actually misleading so many people who believed in the “American dream”?

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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