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Afghan Women Address the World

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Afghan Women Address the World…
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September 1, 2023
Afghan Women Address the World

 

(Ahmet Coşkunaydın)-

 

Afghanistan, one of the most frequently occupied peoples of the world, is currently struggling with other internal problems.

The exclusion and dysfunction of women, who are one of the two wings of a society, has become the main problem of the country.

They are trying to explain the predicament and persecution they are in to the world public, by forcing all means at their disposal, among Afghan women who want to get out of this deadlock.

In this sense, the Afghan Former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, who also visited the KGK (Global Journalists Council) Istanbul office, discussed his problems.

As a result of the meeting, the following was expressed.

“Women in Afghanistan are trying to survive under very difficult conditions. Our request from all countries of the world is to convince the Taliban administration to end the violations of women’s rights as soon as possible.”

Fawzia Koofi, former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of Afghanistan and one of the important women leaders, visited the Istanbul Office of the Global Journalists Council (KGK) and expressed the position of women in Afghanistan.

During the council visit, Koofi and the accompanying delegation hosted by KGK Deputy Chairman for Foreign Media Kahraman Halisçelik were accompanied by KGK Deputy Secretary General Benan Kepsutlu, KGK Foreign Media Assembly Deputy Chairman Ahmet Coşkunaydın and KGK Mainstream Media Assembly Deputy Chairman Esra Öztürk. Koofi, who received information about the activities and objectives of the KGK and gave information to the KGK officials about the current situation in Afghanistan and especially the difficulties experienced by women in Afghanistan, also talked about the activities of the Afghanistan Women’s Forum, which brings the problems of Afghan women to the world agenda. Fawzia Koofi said, “Women in Afghanistan are trying to survive under very difficult conditions. Our request from all countries of the world is to convince the Taliban administration to end the violations of women’s rights as soon as possible. When you say activism in the West, a very advanced level of activism is understood, but our activism for Afghanistan is based on basic human rights such as being able to go to school, work and exist. The world needs to see this truth. Diplomatic support of Muslim countries such as Turkey is very important for Afghan women’s access to human rights,” he said.

 

 

The General Situation of Afghan Women Today According to the news of the BBC:

Being a woman in Afghanistan two years after the arrival of the Taliban: “We are alive but not living”

 

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It has been two years since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021. One of the most concerned issues around the world in those days was whether the Taliban would return to practices that disregard women’s rights, as they did 20 years ago.

In the statements made in those days, the Taliban said that they were “committed to women’s rights on the basis of Sharia rules,” and that women would be allowed to work, receive education, and be active in society within the framework of Islam.”

Reports of the United Nations (UN) and independent organizations and surveys of women in Afghanistan show that women and girls have been systematically excluded from society and political life in the last two years.

BBC Turkish talked to researchers and journalists who have recently traveled to Afghanistan and talked about what it means to be a woman and a girl in the country today.

Human Rights Watch researcher Fereshta Abbasi, who studies rights violations in Afghanistan, said, “Afghanistan was never an ideal country for women to live in. But after the Taliban came to power, we lost everything we fought for,” she says.

Abbasi stated that, as required by law, 25 percent of the members of the Assembly were women; She reminds us that there is a regulation on the elimination of violence against women and that there is a ministry responsible for this issue. Abbasi says this protection system disappeared with the Taliban:

“As a woman in Afghanistan, you fight on different levels. You start the fight within the family and then you have to prove yourself to society, then to your workplace. So fundamental rights have always been a struggle for us.

“One of the greatest achievements that Afghan women have fought for for years was the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We lost that.”

“In some regions it is forbidden for girls to receive education after the age of 10”

Answering questions from BBC Turkish, Fereshta Abbasi reminds that the Taliban has been ruling the country for two years without any written regulation or constitution, adding that more than 80 percent of the decisions restrict women’s rights.

The first of these is education. Girls across the country are prohibited from receiving education from the age of 12. So that includes college education.

Alia Rajai of the BBC Afghan service gives two examples of how practices and discourses vary. The first is this training
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