Women activists call for greater rights in Afghanistan

0

Women’s rights activists in the Afghan capital of Kabul have insisted they will continue fighting for access to education, employment and participation in the country’s political and social life, and said a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not enough to address their issues.

he decree, issued on Friday, comes as poverty surges in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August amid the withdrawal of US and Nato troops. Foreign governments have halted funds to the aid-dependent country since then.

Social rights activist Farida Akbari said the new Taliban government should permit women access to education and employment. Currently, education at secondary school level and above has been banned, while most women have been barred from working.

It is not acceptable for us to get married, eat and stay at home. We want our role in politics, economics, jobs, education and social activities where they can’t limit usSocial rights activist Farida Akbari

Ms Akbari said Friday’s decree on forced marriage would not have any particular benefit to women living in cities, where such practices were less common.

“It is not acceptable for us to get married, eat and stay at home,” she told reporters. “We want our role in politics, economics, jobs, education and social activities where they can’t limit us.”

Writer and women’s rights activist Huda Khamosh noted that women were “a key part of the community” and denying them the right to work and participate in Afghanistan’s political and economic life “is tantamount to a denial of women in society”.

The right of girls and women to education was one which existed in all Islamic countries, writer and social activist Marzia Darazi said.

Close

An Afghan boy carries a tray of bread on his head in Kabul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Friday’s Taliban decree was apparently aimed at addressing criteria the international community considers a precondition to recognising their government and restoring aid.

According to the decree, “both (women and men) should be equal”, and “no-one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure”.

It also noted that women had the right to inheritance, and a widow could marry the man of her choice 17 weeks after her husband’s death.

Forced marriages have become more frequent in the poor, conservative country, as the internally displaced marry off young daughters in exchange for a bride-price that can be used to pay debts and feed their families.

For decades, women in Afghanistan were treated like property – as an exchange token for blood money or ending disputes or tribal feuds. The Taliban now state they are against the practice.

FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

 

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Elite News is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Comments
Loading...