By Eva Guzman, 9th Grade
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan a set of changes have come for everyone. To be more precise, the Taliban has set new rules for girls in Afghanistan. These rules have affected their way of living, clothing, rights, and much more. As we know, this isn’t the first time the Taliban took over Afghanistan – they had previously taken over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Twenty years have passed and history is repeating itself.
During the first invasion, women’s rights were completely lost. Women lost the right to have an education and they were raped and abused in many ways. They were required to wear the Burqa, which is the type of vestment that covers the entire body, only leaving space on the area of the face for women to have visuality. There were many that were forced or sold into marriages and many tribes exchanged their women and girls in exchange for money, food and resources that were needed by the tribe.
As a response to the new mandate, many people, especially women, have decided to seek help, even though the Taliban claims that they have changed. But what exactly do they mean by “changed”? Women still do not participate in any political action nor do they have positions of power in the government of the Taliban. They haven’t included women to take part in their decisions. In fact, as the invasion expands, Taliban officials have been acting as they did twenty years ago with the first invasion in Afghanistan.
Consequently, the population has been forced to move to safer locations, especially Kabul, to seek help and a better way of living. People have had to run away from the chaos, leaving everything behind. With only the thought of saving their lives, they flee in fear that they will be killed during the invasion; they fear the consequences this invasion will bring into their lives. The crisis has affected the population because their houses and living habitats have been destroyed, and women’s rights are in complete jeopardy.
Kabul has found ways to help Afghanistan’s population; the population that has managed to get to Kabul safely has been staying in displaced people camps. Many have talked about how their houses were destroyed, the transgressions that have been made to women’s rights, and how pregnant women have been giving birth on their way to Kabul without medical assistance or help.
The war has made the Republic unstable. Accountability has been dismissed on the trials and the killings that have been occurring in Afghanistan. There have been killings of both women and men, eradicating their importance and significance. And government trials have been occurring without courts despite the fact that they mark a difference in the decisions that will be taken in regards to women’s rights and many other contrivances that will be affected.
Women’s rights in Afghanistan are at risk of being decreased after the Taliban takes over the Republic. As for girls, their education is very high risk because they won’t be able to have a proper education, meaning that obtaining the career and life that they have dreamed of will be impossible. Also, it has been said that girls will only be able to complete their education in girls-only classrooms and schools. As a consequence, girls in the republic have stopped their education for fear of having to face consequences from the Taliban mandate.
Afghan women have been protesting on the streets so they are able to financially maintain their families, have a proper and complete education, and have equal rights in Afghanistan. As a response, the Taliban has been negotiating how their new mandate in Afghanistan will function and what set of changes everyone in the republic will have to go through.
Not only will women lose the right to have an education, but they will also only be able to get out of their houses if they are accompanied by a male companion. Numerous women will be abused and lose the power they have over themselves. Many people are being killed with the current invasion and there is no hope that this regime will be different from the one that happened twenty years ago in which many were affected and the republic was in crisis.
As a way of helping and advertising to the world what is happening, many women have been using social media to express their anger and frustration towards what is going on in Afghanistan. Women’s rights defenders have had to struggle during this situation but their way of helping contributes to helping all women in Afghanistan, with the hope of making a difference and creating the life that they deserve and want back.
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