Afghan women stage protests in Kabul over concerns over female employment

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year, restrictions on women’s human rights have become a global concern following which a women’s group staged a protest in Kabul to express their concerns about the continued effective ban on female students older than 6th grade and about female employment, TOLONews reported.

The protesters called on the Taliban to work for women and allow girls above sixth grade to learn, as the organization’s rule has only deepened poverty in the country.

“We call on the United Nations and the international community to pay attention to us and save women from these violations of their rights,” said Marghalare, a former interior ministry employee.

Due to lack of employment and Taliban atrocities, Afghan women have become tragic victims as education is limited. The women protesters staged a demonstration and showed their school documents in protest, and demanded jobs and an education from the government.

“The document we have in our hands is useless because we are all at home and have no work,” said Shokorya, a protester, TOLOnews reported.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, they immediately began rolling back the rights of women and girls. Women started protesting in the streets from the first week in power of the Taliban, despite the grave risks they faced.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Taliban response was brutal from the start, beating protesters, disrupting demonstrations, and detaining and torturing journalists covering the protests. The Taliban have also banned unauthorized demonstrations. Over time, abusive Taliban responses have escalated, with a particularly heavy-handed response to a January 16 protest in Kabul, when Taliban members threatened, intimidated and physically assaulted protesters, using pepper spray and devices. electric shock.

Notably, the human rights situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated since the collapse of the Afghan government and the return to power of the Taliban in August last year.

Although fighting in the country has ended, serious human rights violations continue unabated, particularly against women and minorities. In addition, the continued spike in food prices in the country has become a new challenge for Afghans. Within a year, food prices nearly doubled, Khaama Press reported.

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