The Taliban, which has power in Afghanistan, makes most people afraid, they are introducing an order for women to wear the burka. Women’s rights have been weakened since the Taliban seized power. Prohibition for women to drive a car and that girls are not allowed to go to school after the age of 12 are other examples. Women are removed from public jobs. Some hoped that the promise made by the Taliban when they took power that women’s rights would be respected. The injunction against wearing the burqa in public is further proof that hope was built on false promises.
The burqa is a symbol of oppression
For Afghan women who grew up in the period between 2001 and 2021, the ban on the burqa is like introducing repression. The burqa is the symbol rather than something of the oppression of women in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is beneficial for the Taliban to impose the injunction now. We live in a time when the eyes of the world are on war in central Europe.
The reason given by the Taliban is that a burqa will make women more protected from men. In my opinion, the authorities in Afghanistan should rather look at the use of the burqa with the opposite field of vision. The use of the burka helps to mystify the female body as I see it.
The Taliban is a misogynistic Islamic movement
That girls do not get an education, that women lose their jobs and that they are not allowed to drive a car is far from the idea we stand for. It is high time to shout as strong a NO as we can. The regime in Afghanistan must be financially isolated in a way that affects the Taliban, but saves the people as much as possible.
In this extreme Islamic attitude lies a large degree of a view that the woman belongs to the man. A kind of asset. It must be allowed to be critical of this. It is our duty to do everything we can to ensure that young girls are educated throughout the world. It is also our duty to do everything we can for women to be independent, equal people. The woman is not owned by a man.