Beaten for no reason, dragged off the street for violations of modesty laws, subject to torture in those detention centers, refused school and work choices—this report shows exactly how women in Afghanistan are treated by the Taliban. Women who dare to protest, and some women do dare to, are treated even more harshly.
In the New York Times (gift link, no paywall) another report shows the same brutal situation.
Taliban Rewind the Clock: ‘A Woman Is a Helpless and Powerless Creature’
Girls are barred from secondary schools and women from traveling any significant distance without a male relative. Men in government offices are told to grow beards, wear traditional Afghan clothes and prayer caps, and stop work for prayers.
Music is officially banned, and foreign news broadcasts, TV shows and movies have been removed from public airwaves. At checkpoints along the streets, morality police chastise women who are not covered from head to toe in all-concealing burqas and headpieces in public.
A year into Taliban rule, Afghanistan has seemed to hurtle backward in time….
“Now it’s gone — all of it,” said Zakia Zahadat, 24, who used to work in a government ministry after she earned a college degree. She is mostly confined to home these days, she said. “We have lost the power to choose what we want.”…
This is the world the men in charge of the Taliban want. My heart goes out to the Afghani people, who cannot yet find the power to break these chains, and to the women who want things to change so much, and who put their lives on the line to make it so.
I am not expert enough to have any idea what can be done, though it’s clear the American occupation did not resolve the situation one bit. This has been generations in the making, and I fear it will take generations yet to come before women’s rights are once again respected.