Since the beginning of time, women have had to fight rigorously for basic human rights. In the western stratosphere, those human rights were achieved in the early 20th century, but in a lot of eastern countries the battle for the women is just beginning, or worse hasn't even started. Women in Afghanistan have been subject to heinous circumstances, even though their religion, Islam "demanded that men and women be equal before God,"(Qazi). Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner offers a very insightful view of the governing politics of Afghanistan pre-Taliban regime and during the Taliban regime, and the differing situation of women in both those eras. Based on the book and outside research, it is evident that the situation of women in Afghanistan has decreased with time, due to cultural beliefs, as well as the Taliban regime. Women in Afghanistan weren't always suppressed by the government. Amir, the narrator of The Kite Runner, talks about a time when women were allowed basic rights like jobs, for example, his "mother taught at the university," (250 Hosseini). In one instance in the novel, a beggar man describes to Amir how his mother and him "would sit and talk after class," (249), that may not seem like a big deal, but she was a woman talking to another man who wasn't her husband or father, and under the Taliban that would be under severe penalty. Women also "didn't have to wear burqas out in the public" (Katz), and had complete freedom as to what they wore and how they presented themselves. Sanaubar was a woman who took complete control of this freedom, for she had "brilliant green eyes and an impish face and [
] [walked with a] suggestive stride" (8 Hosseini). Women were also allowed schooling, and the freedom to leave the house as they pleased. Although Afghani women weren't held back by the government during the regime of the King before the Taliban, cultural issues kept them at bay, as did machismo Honor is a thing that is deeply imbedded in the Afghani...
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