Afghanistan Women Living Under The Taliban

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Taliban, a simple but harsh word to the women living in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s. According to the dictionary.com, "Taliban" is a Muslim fundamentalist group that spread throughout Afghanistan and formed a government. The Taliban started abusing and killing a lot of people throughout Afghanistan just to gain control. The group started by a couple of males trying to spread the Muslim faith. They began to spread throughout Afghanistan and attracted more people to be part of their group. If people were of a different faith and did not want to change, they would get killed or severely abused. They were very sexist and abused the women a lot more then the men. Also the women had to follow a lot more rules then the men. On September 27, 1996 they took over Afghanistan's capital, Kabul's, government. The whole city was demolished and looked horrible and most of the people were living in poverty. A lot of the men had to fight the civil war against al-Qaeda, so the females did not have an income and could not feed their children. The females could not go to work or get an education after the Taliban took over. They also got severely abused if they did not follow any of the rules the Taliban set up.
The Taliban created a long list of rules that the people that lived in Kabul had to follow. The women have to stay in their house. If they did need to leave, they would need a male relative, such as a husband, father, brother, or son, to escort them and they would need to wear a burqa. A burqa is "a tent-like garment that fits tightly over the head, flows to the ankles, and has only a rectangle or mesh for the women to look through." (Armstrong 2). The Taliban made wearing a burqa a rule because the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar said, "A woman's face corrupts men." (Armstrong 2). Women could not got to school or work without a permit and need to be accompanied by a male relative. The Taliban wrecked all of the schools for girls and fired the female staff from certain jobs. If a woman really needs to see a doctor, then she has to go to a female physician, and a male has to go to a male physician. Sally Armstrong listed more rules in her book Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan. The list includes: no radio, no television, no clapping, no dancing, no singing, no kite flying, and no toys for the children. The list continues on and on. As for marriage, the Taliban perceived that men were in charge of their wives, so they came up with these three provisions:
One provision makes it illegal for a woman to resist her husband's sexual advances. A second provision requires a husband's permission for a woman to work outside the home or go to school. And a third makes it illegal for a woman to refuse to "make herself up" or "dress up" if that is what her husband wants. (Filkins).
An Afghanistan women who was protesting against this said, "it means a woman is a kind of property, to be used by the man in any way that he wants"...

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