The Taliban: Deprivers of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
Consider this. There is a young Afghan girl who has never seen the outside world. The windows are painted so no one can see in but they are so dark that she can hardly see out. All she has are some little rocks or maybe a doll made of grass that she has to hide when someone comes in because it is illegal to have dolls. She has never heard her mother’s laugh and she has not seen her face. She wonders what it is like to go outside, to read, to write, to play with toys, to hear laughter up and down the streets, and to see pockets of color everywhere.
In Afghanistan, it was a “crime” to be born a girl when the Taliban took control (Women in Afghanistan). The Taliban stripped multiple rights away from women including being able to get an education, their right to wear what they want, how they should appear in public, their right to work, and how they should carry out their duties. With these rights taken away, women cannot express themselves in ways that they used to.
The Taliban influenced Afghan culture and women when they came. Before they arrived, people said that the freedom they used to have was like the freedom that existed in the United States and Europe. All though a woman had rights taken away, some rules were have applied to her while others were not depending on who she married or what her ethnicity is. The two biggest ethnic groups in Afghanistan are Pashtuns, the largest, and Tajiks, the second largest. For example, a woman cannot leave the house if she married a Pashtun (Dugan). All of this depends on how women behave an Afghan society.
Different places were influenced differently. Kabul happens to be one of those places. There were still strict rules but the women had more freedom. Forty years ago, Kabul was considered the “playground of central Asia” (Baker). This means that this was one of the huge cities that flourished. Cities all over central Asia wanted to be like Kabul and stand out. But the Taliban took most of this away from the people of Kabul. Recently, researches walked through the streets and they passed seventy-four men before ever seeing a woman (Dugan). This shows how rare it is to see a woman out shopping, gathering with people, or just enjoying a walk. Women in Kabul are allowed to work, they can even be in the army, but they have to constantly have a headscarf around them. So, depending on the city in which a woman lives, the Taliban has impacted that society differently. Some places may be as strict, more strict or less strict than Kabul.
One of the first and most important things that the Taliban took away from women was education. If you gathered one hundred women and children, nine out every ten cannot read or write (Life as an Afghan Woman). There are about four to five million Afghan girls not that are not literate (Taliban Will Pounce). Farzana, an Afghan woman said that her mother never wore a headscarf when she went to school. Without an...