By Ibukun Busari
In the words of Sara Wahedi, “Afghanistan is hell on earth for women”, and no truer words have been said.
Afghanistan has always been known to be a country that violates human rights, most especially women rights, and they do this in disguise of their fanatical belief of preventing moral corruption.
Since the take-over of government by the Taliban, it has been from one abuse to the other, making women and girl’s reality a nightmare. The Taliban government stopped women and girls from getting education, which is a human right. Girls have been banned from high school, middle school, even from the university. It begs one to ask if the girl child education is a threat to them, what danger it poses to them, or to their ridiculous and inhumane belief. Why make girls and women suffer for no just cause?
Women and girls are not even allowed to go to the park or the gym. They are not allowed to walk outside their homes without the company of a “male guardian”. They cannot visit male doctors which once again begs the question of who the female doctors of tomorrow would be since they put a total ban on women’s education? How many female doctors will there be in the future when women and girls are literally banned from everything?
According to AP News, the Taliban government ordered all foreign and domestic non-governmental group in Afghanistan to suspend employing women, allegedly because some female employees do not wear the Islamic headscarf correctly, this same headscarf/hijab issue cost the life of an Iranian woman. This reason is so absurd because it is not because they did not wear the headscarf but because they did not wear it correctly. I must say that the Taliban government needs to get themselves mentally examined. Why stop women from getting employed, from pursing their dreams, from making a name for themselves?
The Taliban are going out in full force to belittle women and their efforts, sidelining them, and ensuring that they are not heard and seen at all. They have succeeded in creating fear and panic not jus for Afghan women, but for women worldwide who stand in solidarity with the women and girls of Afghanistan.
Afghan women and girls deserve to enjoy and exercise all their human rights without fear and intimidation from rulers who unfortunately are MEN, and are blinded by misogyny disguised as religion. Regardless of how tough it gets, we won’t lose hope, we won’t stop speaking out loud against this oppression, and I hope this nightmare becomes a thing of the past soon.