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Rights Of Afghan Women Since The Us Invasion

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As a result of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the issue of Afghan women’s rights came to the world stage. Through the media, populations of first-world countries saw firsthand the terrible oppression of Afghan women. One such instance was the famous picture of the “Afghan Girl” published in the National Geographic magazine, which became an international symbol for the plight of Afghan women. The United States and Afghan governments have repeatedly obstructed the progression of Afghan women’s rights, causing women’s quality of life to decline, women’s education to suffer, and women’s representation in government to be limited.

Women’s rights in Afghanistan have not always been suppressed. Throughout the early 1900s to the mid-1900s, women were free to travel unaccompanied. King Amanullah constructed schools for girls and passed laws eliminating arranged marriages (Kolhatkar, 2013). In the early 1950s, the government outlawed the Islamic principle of purdah, or gender separation. Moreover, the government granted Afghan women the right to vote in 1965, a year earlier than American women, and by the early 1960s, held half of all legislative posts (“Women,” 2013). King Amanullah even made the burqa, the symbol of oppression, optional and encouraged a Western style of dress (Kolhatkar, 2013). When the Taliban came to power in 1996, all of that changed. The Taliban believed it was their duty to protect women and their family’s honor. Enforcing a version of “Sharia”, or Islamic law and drawing principles from the “Pashtunwali”, or traditional social code, the Taliban effectively banned women from going to school, studying, working, leaving the house without a male relative to accompany them, showing any skin while in public settings, receiving any form of healthcare from male providers (even though no women could work as doctors), speaking in public, and participating in politics (Levi, 2009) These harsh restrictions resulted in women being confined to their homes; half of the Afghan population disappeared (“Women,” 2013). Notorious for their stringent enforcement of rules and severe punishments, the Taliban carried out public executions, providing deterrent to other women with similar ideas. Even minor offenses resulted in brutal and irrational penalties, such as when the Taliban cut an Afghan woman’s finger off as a punishment for wearing nail polish (“Women,” 2013).
Ironically, strained relations between the US and the Soviet Union had a detrimental effect on the progression of women’s rights in Afghanistan. By backing fundamentalist groups to fulfill their own interests, the United States has allowed the diminution of women’s rights. According to an article in the Berkley University Journal on Gender by Sonali Kolhatkar, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, women’s rights had actually dramatically increased. The USSR demanded that children of both genders receive a proper education and women be included in government decisions....

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