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Pushing forward: Resisting systemic violence in Afghanistan

Malalay* is an Afghan lawyer and activist working to support and restore the rights of women and girls affected by family and societal violence in Afghanistan. Photo credit: Malareh*

going nowhere

It has been more than a year since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, rebuilding a regressive regime that collapsed nearly two decades ago. The group initially promised to protect women’s rights, including the right to work and study within Sharia law, but violations have steadily increased.

“Women and girls are deprived of their basic rights,” says Malalai. “The right to work, the right to an education, and the rights of women, such as freedom and self-sufficiency, have been taken away.”

Women stripped of political power and barred from most jobs Required to cover face in public and instructed to stay at home unless necessarythe girl has been Banned from attending school after 6th grade.

Malalai emphasizes that the systematic exclusion of women and girls from public life is itself violence. They are also vulnerable to further abuse, both public and private, without legal or economic means to seek justice or protection.

“[Women] But now, under the Taliban, all institutions working and working to protect women’s rights have ceased operations and are closed.

“[This] It’s a global concern,” emphasizes Malalai.

fight hard

Malalai has been fighting for gender equality in Afghanistan since last August. “[Afghan] woman and girl [have] everytime [been] They are deprived of their constitutional and religious rights,” she says.

Ending violence against women in Afghanistan will require women’s economic empowerment and access to law and justice, along with legal action at the national and international levels to protect their rights, Marareh stressed. increase.

Malalai called on the international community to provide “constant and stable support” for Afghan women and girls. “Until justice is done, social security is provided, and our societies reach prosperity and sustainable peace,” she continues.

She urges women’s rights activists not to give up.

A dream come true

Ending gender-based violence will make the world a better place for all, Marareh stresses. “A world without violence would be a healthy, successful and stable society,” she says. She said men and women have equal rights, equal access to justice and “equal roles in decisions at the family and community level.”

“This,” says Malalai.[would] It will be the dream of every woman in the whole world. ”


*Name has been changed to protect personal information.

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