Status: 07/27/2022 04:15
According to Amnesty International, women in Afghanistan are systematically oppressed and discriminated against under the Taliban. Access to education and work is becoming increasingly restricted. They are also deprived of protection against domestic violence.
Since the Taliban took over, the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan have been significantly curtailed. This is what emerges from a report by the human rights organization Amnesty International.
“In less than a year since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, their draconian policies have deprived millions of women and girls of their right to live safe, free and fulfilling lives,” said the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Agnes Callamard.
The system of repression made itself felt in almost every area of their lives. “Every detail of daily life – if they go to school, if they work, if they leave the house and how they do it – is controlled and massively restricted.”
Little protection against domestic violence
According to the report, women are only allowed to take longer trips with a male companion. Escaping domestic violence has also become more difficult for women. The Taliban imprison them for minor violations of discriminatory rules. Women who protest against these conditions are abducted and tortured.
Higher schools for girls have been closed since Islamist militants took power in August 2021 – although civil society has repeatedly called for them to be opened. An exception are some private schools as well as public schools in some parts of the country.
Imprisonment, torture, forced marriages
Many professions are now also closed to women, although according to Amnesty there are differences between provinces. The report also draws attention to the mistreatment of women who oppose Taliban regulations.
Amnesty reports detentions, torture and even disappearances of demonstrators. Last but not least, there would be an increase in forced marriages. Amnesty attributes this, among other things, to the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the lack of educational and professional opportunities.
“The relentless oppression of women in Afghanistan escalates day by day. If the international community does nothing, millions of women and girls in Afghanistan will be left on their own,” said Julia Duchrow, Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany.