Women & Girls in Afghanistan are "PETRIFIED"! They fear return to " THE DARK DAYS"!

jomarieb.earth
Posted August 17, 2021 from United States
Credit-Sajjad Hussain-AFP-Getty Images - Aug 2 -2021 Women gathering at a hall against human rights violations on women by the Taliban (1/1)

The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan, plunging the nation into a humanitarian crisis that is particularly dangerous for the country’s 14 million women and girls.

“Women’s rights were never integrated into the policy, but the schools opened and there was more employment for women,” said Hassan. “Even in the worst situations, these women were brave and tenacious, and really moving forward.”  But after the Taliban takeover, many activists fear the progress made will vanish.

“The speed at which this has happened was a great surprise. We’d been anticipating this, but we thought it would be a couple more weeks,” said Yasmeen Hassan, executive director of human rights organization Equality Now. “Huge amounts of work has been done in women’s rights, education and political participation. I think we’re back to square one and that is very alarming.”

“Currently, we want to make sure our partners are safe and can leave the country. For months, none of the western embassies came through with visas for women human rights defenders. They are petrified for their lives. Some have gone to the airport and been turned away,” said Daisy Khan, founder and executive director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality, which educates Muslim women and religious leaders on women’s rights.

 As Taliban gains ground, 250 female judges fear for their safety. As the Taliban advances steadily and gains control over most of Afghanistan, many Afghans, afraid of their future, are trying to leave. The U.S. withdrawal is expected to undo much of the progress made in Afghan society over the last two decades, especially the investments made in girls' education and the advancement of women. 

As the Islamist insurgents enter the capital, many fear a disintegration of women’s rights, with the Taliban overturning the freedoms gained during the 20 years since US-led forces helped oversee the country’s transition to democracy.  For a whole generation of Afghan women who entered public life – the lawmakers, journalists, local governors, doctors, nurses, teachers and public administrators – there's much to lose.  While they strove, working alongside male colleagues and in communities unused to seeing women in positions of authority, to help build a democratically-run civil society, they also hoped to open up opportunities for later generations of women to succeed them.  

As the capital city falls into the hands of the Taliban, pleas for help may be too late. Numerous reports have emerged of the Taliban going door-to-door, drafting lists of women and girls aged between 12 and 45 years who are then forced to marry Islamist fighters. Women are being told they cannot leave home without a male escort, can no longer work or study or freely choose the clothes they want to wear. Schools, too, are being closed. Store fronts with women's photos in advertising have been painted over. Public images and the physical presence of women has completely vanished.

Taliban takeover 'I'm afraid for women' says Afghan MP-Farzana Kochai-The Sun....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4FilIPtD-Y

Credits: Halley Bondy of [Know Your Value], Sajjad Hussain / AFP - Getty Images, Hari Sreenivasan & Christopher Booker-PBS, Nicole TRIAN - France24,  Legislator Farzana Kochai-The Sun.

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This story was submitted in response to Revolutionary Solidarity.

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Neerja.c108
Aug 17
Aug 17

My heart goes out for the women and girls in Afghanistan :(

jomarieb.earth
Aug 17
Aug 17

Dear Neerja,
Thanks for reaching out. I feel the same as you do.
Hugs...JoMarie

Sofiah Thom
Aug 18
Aug 18

Thank you for sharing here. This is so devastating. I am sending prayers

jomarieb.earth
Aug 18
Aug 18

Hi Sofiah,
I'm sure that your prayers will be received.
Hugs...JoMarie

Nini Mappo
Aug 18
Aug 18

So heartbreaking:/ I keep thinking; 'women in the 'free world' know how to push for their freedoms, but how might a woman do it under the Taliban if it might cost her life?'
It's one of those realities that settles down heavily in your heart, eliciting deep sighs from time to time:/

jomarieb.earth
Aug 21
Aug 21

Hey Sis, Women throughout time have been resourceful and also very clever. Men are vulnerable. They have to pray, eat, drink, bathe, excrete, have sex and sleep. All of these are times that guard is down. These women are a new generation. They are educated and never wore burqas. I believe they are quietly fierce. I have a dream/premonition that a rebellion of sorts is brewing. Those women have brains now. They are a force to be reckoned with. Give it time.
Hugs...JoMarie

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 21
Aug 21

My heart beat faster for you Sister! We are with as we continue to fight the oppressors.
Sending you Love and prayers!!

jomarieb.earth
Aug 21
Aug 21

Dear Busayo, I believe in time the prayers of our sisters will be answered.
Hugs...JoMarie

Beth Lacey
Sep 13
Sep 13

This is so devastating

jomarieb.earth
Sep 17
Sep 17

Truly, and women have bravely come out and protested. I hope they aren't targeted later.