Afghan Women Bravely Demand Their Freedoms in Taliban-Controlled Streets

Published August 18th, 2021 - 08:50 GMT
Women protesting in Kabul after the Taliban takeover.
Afghan women protesting in Kabul after the Taliban takeover. (Twitter: @RosannaMrtnz)

Amid global fear for the safety and freedoms of Afghan women following the Taliban's takeover of the country, tens of Afghan women risked their lives and took to the streets of Kabul in demand of their freedoms.

The protests which have been described as "brave" and "unprecedented" in areas controlled by the Taliban have included Afghan women, most of whom covered their heads but revealed their faces, as they held signs stressing their demands for the rights to education and work under the Taliban's control. 

The protest has been perceived as a "courageous attempt by Afghan women to reclaim their entitlement to practice their rights despite all risks".

This comes at a time the Taliban's spokespersons have reassured the international community that they will maintain women's rights "as per Islamic laws" and that they "have learned from past mistakes."

Moreover, a Taliban spokesperson has appeared on a show presented by a female anchor on the private TV channel Tolo News, with the female presenter wearing the same attire she used to wear before the fall of Kabul.

Tolo News had previously announced that its female journalists will continue to work across the capital city as per usual. Journalist Hasiba Atakpal has been seen reporting from the ground on the very next day after the Taliban took over Kabul.

During the five years in which the Taliban ruled Afghanistan prior to the US invasion of the country in 2001, the Taliban had implemented an extreme interpretation of Islamic laws, preventing women from receiving education, working, or appearing in public spaces without being accompanied by male family members. The Taliban had also imposed a full-cover attire on all women, known as "the blue burqa."

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