Women in Afghanistan

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Researching the Women in Afghanistan has informed me about the many different aspects that have shaped these women into who they are today. They have survived through incredibly harsh periods when education for women was illegal and when being out in public without a male accompaniment was a punishable act as well. Not only have the women of Afghanistan survived through these terrible times, but they never seemed to give up home schooling girls in their homes and searching for a way to better their lives. They stood up for the rights they knew they should have, even when they were brutally murdered in front of their families for doing so. The women of Afghanistan have been crying for help throughout the years. As a result, women from around the world are starting to receive the much needed attention, get the help they have needed to get involved in their governments, and take a stand for women's rights around the world.

The women of Afghanistan have been brutally beaten, publicly flogged and killed for violating Taliban rules. This began after the Taliban seized control over Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in 1996. The women and girls were stripped from their basic rights which put Afghanistan into a brutal state of gender apartheid. According to the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Taliban imposed extreme rules that banished women from the work force, closed schools for girls, expelled women from universities, prohibited women from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a close male relative, ordered the visible windows of women's houses painted black, forced women to wear a burqa, and also prohibited women and girls from being examined by male physicians while banning most female doctors and nurses from working. If any women were caught breaking these rules, severe actions were taken by the Taliban. This was one of the most terrible times for women in Afghanistan. They were stripped of their basic rights and punished for absurd reasons. Some cases include



References: 1. "Afghan Women." Women Watch. 1997. 6 December 2006. .

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