Two days after coming to power, several Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul on Tuesday to protest in front of the Taliban.
The images were widely circulated on social media. They show four Afghan women protesting, carrying posters, in front of the armed Taliban. An Al Jazeera correspondent in Afghanistan filmed a demonstration in Kabul on Tuesday, two days after the Taliban took control of the country’s capital.
According to Parisian, These women gathered briefly in front of the entrance to the International and Diplomatic Quarter-Green Zone to demand the right to return to work as cooks or housemaids. The Taliban initially tried to defeat them. The public is then said to have persuaded them to leave.
Although the Taliban claim that women’s rights will be respected, there are concerns that they will be allowed to work and study – according to Islamic law. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, girls’ schools were closed, women could not travel or work, and were generally forced to wear a burqa – a full veil with a gauze cloth over the eyes and body.
Women cannot leave the house unless they are with their family’s male chaplain “Mahram”, and whipping and execution, including stoning for prostitution, are not practiced in city squares and arenas.
Women are “essential to society”
For now, the Taliban are trying to pacify. At a press conference on Tuesday, a spokeswoman assured that women were not required to wear the burqa. He said women were “essential to society” and “they needed medicine, education, police, justice.” Pictures of girls going to school were also released.
Which is not guaranteed. Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has expressed fears over her “sisters in Afghanistan”. “Afghan girls and young women found me in a situation again – they would never let me go back to the classroom or keep a book.”
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