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Rights Of Afghan Women Since The Us Invasion

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Sadly, women do not even have the power to advocate for change in their government. Karzai and his administration are trying their best to exclude women from politics. In the 2003 Loya Jirga, or peaceful gathering, a new Afghan constitution was considered. Western countries pushed Karzai to include women delegates in the convention. Women across Afghanistan campaigned for election to the committee to ensure that in the peace talks with the Taliban, women’s rights would not be compromised in exchange for peace. The deceptive nature of this convention soon became clear when Malalai Joya, a women’s representative, was thrown out of the conference for denouncing the Taliban, many of whose ...view middle of the document...

On the contrary, Westerners are not putting words in Afghan women’s mouths. Afghan women, such as Malalai Joya, have risen up in opposition themselves, and Westerners have merely documented and supported their arguments. Moreover, physical effects of violence and abuse are visible, stories are recorded, and statistics on the low life expectancy of Afghan women tell the real story. Some urban women, as mentioned previously, benefit from greater privileges and are not informed as to the terrorized lives of their rural counterparts, and therefore, when questioned how they feel about the government, answer for only themselves, not the population of Afghan women as a whole. Challengers of women’s rights also claim that by women prompting the government to boost women’s rights, they are reducing the chance of collaboration with the Taliban. The Taliban still holds fundamentalist ideals regarding women, and if they believe the government is creating laws that directly oppose their views, are less likely to reach a peace deal in order to stop needless killing and terrorism. However, giving in to blackmail is never the solution to the problem. The number of people killed in terrorist attacks (Mahr, 2014) is exceeded by the number of women still abused, raped, tortured and killed yearly (Jalal et al., 2006). Women’s rights are a subject of importance to half of the Afghan population, and they must not be compromised, even at the expense of lives. The Taliban must recognize the strength of the Afghan government to adhere to their values; otherwise their terror may never cease.
All in all, the United States and Afghan governments have constantly stalled the progression of Afghan women’s rights. These two bodies have caused women’s quality of life to decay, women’s education to suffer, and women’s representation in government to be restricted. Afghan women must continue to fight for their rights, to be treated as equals. They must not fear the Taliban for what it can do, but rather, fear what may happen if nothing is done. Malala Yousafzai, a sixteen-year old woman from Pakistan who has endured a situation similar to Afghan women in her struggles to provide Pakistani girls with an education. As a...

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