Taliban Law: What it Means for Women in Afghanistan

World opinion was largely against the Taliban law, including the exclusion of women from public life. Women are often seen as second-class citizens in some Muslim countries.  

The Taliban became active in 1994, when they emerged from a collection of former Afghan resistance fighters, known collectively as mujahedeen. They aimed to impose their interpretation of Islamic law on the country — and remove any foreign influence. In this blog, I will be discussing what Talibans’ laws and and what it means to women.

1. A head-to-toe covering for women worn in public settings.

Women had to wear head-to-toe coverings. A woman is supposed to be covered as she’s considered for her honour, care and protection and not for abolishment and were forbidden from traveling alone under Sharia law.

2. Women aren't allowed to study or work

Taliban Law are mostly against women’s rights and their liberties. In addition, a woman is required to obey her husband and can’t pray in front of men or leave the house without permission from her husband. The Taliban decreed that all women should be banned from employment in the government, and that caused the loss of many thousands of jobs. The Taliban claimed that women should be homebound, not working in the mixed-sex workplace.

3. Restriction on leisure and entertainment activities

Music, certain TV programs, and non-Islamic holidays were also banned in order to keep people focused on religion. The Taliban insurgents have ordered the residents of a province near the capital Kabul to stop watching television, saying that the programs shown on the TV channels did not follow Islamic principles. 

4. Taliban Justice System

Amputations, stonings and executions of criminals are  Talibans’ justice system. Public acts of violence against women for adultery or wearing “tight clothes”. It is a moral and religious duty to kill, in public, other human beings whose bad behaviour has been reported.

Taliban execute Zarmeena in Kabul in1999 RAWA
Taliban publicly execute woman known as Zarmeena, by the Taliban at the Ghazi Sports Stadium.

5. Restricting modern education

The Taliban have been in control of Afghanistan since 1996. Taliban officials are adamant that their education system will not be accepting of Western ideas. They believe the focus should be on upholding spiritual needs and development, as well as educating people in the ways of Islam.

The Taliban’s rules on women is not only limiting their liberty but also against human rights. Gender equality is still one of the most pressing issues today, and as such, every country must be committed to fulfilling its responsibility to provide for the equal rights of men and women.

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