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Fighting For Their Rights Essay

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In 2010 a young Afghan women had her nose and ears cut off. Aesha Mohammadzai, first appeared on the cover of time magazine in 2010, shared her story on how her husband and in-laws cut off her nose and ears as punishment for trying to run away. Mohammadzai said: “Every day I was abused by my husband and his family. Mentally and physically; Then one day it became unbearable so I ran away." Three years later Mohammadzai began her reconstructive surgery. Aesha Mohammadzai now lives with a foster family, and is studying English in school. A true inspiration to Afghan women, Aesha Mohammadzai tells women who are being abused to stay strong and never lose hope (Phillip Caulfield.2013). This is ...view middle of the document...

With no other choice, Afghan women took the punishments as they were given; however, many women chose to stand up for themselves and other Afghan women.(Life as an Afghan Woman.2013) In multiple incidents, this resulted in death and the women were made examples of to show women what would happen if they did the same. As time progressed in Afghanistan, the punishments began to get worse. Punishments started as just beatings and rapes, over time they became more severe and extreme. After the Taliban took control, they added more extreme punishments that not only ruined women physically but mentally as well (Violence against Women.2013). Men saw and still see today women as something to take for granted, men feel as though they do not need women; but women are important to today’s society.
Once the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, women’s rights vanished. Their work, education, visibility, voice, health care and mobility are a few of the basic rights Afghan women no longer possessed. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan from 1996-2001. During that era, women were treated worse than any other leadership in Afghanistan (Life as an Afghan Women. 2013). One of the first basic rights Afghan women loss when Taliban took control was their right to get an education and work outside of the home. Taliban men closed schools and banished women from the work force. The dictatorship also prohibited women from leaving the home unless they were accompanied by a male relative. Women were also forced to wear burquas; a garment that covers women from head to toe. These rules were just the start of the power struggle women had and still have today against men in Afghanistan (Campaign For Afghan Women and Children. 2014). The punishments and the control of women only became worse the more powerful the Taliban became. Punishments in Afghanistan began to get more extreme for women as the Taliban seized power. In the early years of the Taliban taking control, women were punished with several different methods. These include: being brutally beaten or raped, being shot or stoned to death and being publicly hung (Violence against Women. 2013).These punishments were not new to Afghan women.
New extreme punishments Taliban used on women were acid burning, female genital mutation and honor killings. Though they are not as extreme as the punishments listed above, the Taliban still continued to shoot, beat, stone, hang and rape Afghan women along with the new, more extreme punishments (Violence Against Women. 2013). Women who violated anything the Taliban felt was wrong was punished with the lesser of the extreme punishments. Women found running a home school is victim to being shot in front of their family. Women caught trying to run away with a non-relative male may be stoned to death. Two women accused of prostitution were publicly hung. A woman accused of cheating or even found to be raped is also stoned to death. These are just a few of the punishments women...

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