The spring of Hope turned into the fall of teenage girls in Afghanistan when the Taliban didn’t fulfil their promises of reopening the secondary girl’s school. Millions of young girls beg the question, “Why can’t we go to school?”
At the same time more than seven hundred thousand women who were the heads of their families, are losing their jobs as a result of sectarian violence under the Taliban in Afghanistan. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis threatens the lives of people who have committed no crime other than seeking justice and securing their rights, and those who have no choice but to live in their country.
This time last year women made up nearly 30% of civil servants in the Afghani government. Equal rights for men and women were emerging. But now the lives of 36 million people are in the hands of The Taliban – who have no experience in governing, diplomacy, legislating, serving the people, providing social justice, believing in civil rights, and respecting human dignity.
Taking the Afghan people hostage and enacting strict rules that impose difficult conditions on travel both inside and outside the country; targeted killing of ex-government military personnel; illegal arrest and imprisonment of women’s rights activists; usurpation of private and public property; abolition of all government agencies working for human rights and women’s rights; the appointment of mullahs with only basic religious education in all government seats; drug trafficking… and the most dangerous of all – formalizing suicide attackers in the formation of the Ministry of Defence.
The Taliban showed their ugly faces, they proved that they are not going to change. This time they were more brutal than before (1996-2001), but unfortunately, some countries still want to recognise the Taliban. Russia has recently accepted the new diplomats by flying the official Taliban flag in Moscow to prove that they can be used for Russian interest in the region. China, Russia, and Iran are celebrating the victory over US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The people of Afghanistan are paying the price of the US and Taliban Doha Agreement – especially the women, girls and youth. Nevertheless, the only force who can knock down this barbaric regime is the momentum of women’s movements within the political process. Recognizing their rights in Afghanistan will bring back the political balance. Giving them the right to education, work, food and elections will meet the demands of their uprising.
Afghanistan is the ONLY country in the world where girls and women’s rights have officially been revoked. They have no right to work and the people have no right to elect.