Afghanistan Women Protest Against All-male Government

by spicyray

The treatment of women by the Taliban has been highly subjective yet controversial.  For decades, the Taliban has kept women from working in the mixed-gender workplace. Unfortunately, poor treatment of Afghan women isn’t anything new.

“Women occupied just 6.5% of ministerial positions in Afghanistan before the Taliban took over the country, according to January 2021 data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organization of Geneva-based international organization of national parliaments,” wrote author Kara Fox of CNN.  

Woman no longer accepting abuse

Afghan women shout slogans during an anti-Pakistan demonstration, near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

While the focus has been on women’s rights in the workplace, the struggles for Afghan women go far beyond that.  Afghanistan is a country where there’s a lot of mistreatments of women, due to Sharia law, which gives men permission to exert power and control over women. 

For example, when it comes to health care, it was announced that no male doctor would be permitted to touch women’s bodies. And that many women would be required to attend medical appointments as long as men accompany them.  

“Currently, women [in Afghanistan] and girls struggle to access even the most basic information about health and family planning,” the Human Rights posted on their website.

They add, “There is an unmet need for modern forms of contraception; prenatal and postnatal care is often unavailable; specialty care, such as modern cancer and fertility treatment women’s body stent; routine preventative care, such as pap smears and mammograms, are almost unheard of; and a large proportion of births are still unattended by a professional.”

But lately, many Afghan women have stepped out of their traditional servant roles and boldly expressed outrage by protesting in the streets.  About 20 women with microphones gathered in force, while the Taliban surprisingly allowed the demonstration to proceed.   However, the Taliban made their presence known by shooting bullets in the air to disperse crowds. Three people were killed.  The second protest was in Kabul – Afghanistan’s capital city. Around 100 women carried banners with slogans that basically said they want equal rights and an egalitarian country.

Women are often stopped and beaten with whips and batons that shock them.

A Taliban spokesperson said women will be allowed to further their education and work outside the home. Interpretations of Islamic law vary widely among Muslims all over the world.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan a few weeks before the US was set to withdraw its troops.  The Taliban have deployed gunmen at town squares and intersections, and that’s made living conditions intense.  There were reports of looting, and of people knocking on doors and searching random vehicles at gunpoint.  


Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund leads the current cabinet. Mullah Hassan Akhund has been appointed Prime Minister.

Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi are the two Deputy Primers.  Another interim minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is head of the notorious Haqqani network. Many of the appointed members are on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

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