Afghan Women and Their Horror Essay

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     A woman’s life in Afghanistan is one of the most shocking and devastating truths. It wasn’t until September 11th 2001 that the world awoke to the relevance of women’s issues to international peace and security. However, it’s been two years since and the lives of Afghan women have improved only slightly. Harassment, violence, illiteracy, poverty and extreme repression continue to characterize reality for many afghan women.
     “Under the Taliban, ultraconservative Islamic ideas combined with misogynistic and patriarchal tribal culture resulted in numerous edicts aimed at the control and subjugation of Afghan women” ( Women were denied all rights both civil and
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Long-standing ethnic rivalries that were suppressed during the Taliban era are being played out on women’s bodies. The Security General said “rape, including a significant incidence of gang rape and rape of women and girls from minority communities in the north, women and girls from nomadic groups, female aid workers and female members of aid worker’s families, has been a common and recurrent manifestation of the current insecurity” (
     There are several organizations that have been created in order to resist gender apartheid. The Afghan Women’s Network is an umbrella group of over 30 women’s organizations. It is based out of Kabul and was founded in 1996 in Peshawar. The network is committed to promoting the rights and independence of Afghan women.
     RAWA is the oldest women’s political organization in Afghanistan and was established in 1997 in Kabul. The former Taliban and Northern Alliance have branded RAWA members as communists, infidels and prostitutes for their work and views. Women working to abolish the fundamentalism in Afghanistan have bean beaten, raped and had their families killed in front of them.
     The Afghan Women’s Council was formed in 1986 to rectify the exclusion of women from formal political structures in Afghanistan. The council sets up schools, health care centers and a
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