Restrictions on Women: An Anti-Progress Act
By: Nazdana Sultanfar
For the past two decades, Afghan women have achieved great success in their economic, cultural, political, and social endeavors. However, when the Taliban took control of the country, women were stripped of their basic rights and were marginalized, without taking into account that their rule would not be sustainable if they did not allow women to participate in socio–political activities. This demonstrates the Taliban‘s lack of understanding of the Islamic world and its women, who are seen as active members of their societies.
Islam has long been a champion of women‘s rights, recognizing them as equal to men in social, political, and economic affairs. This was a radical departure from the status quo of the time, which saw women as little more than slaves. Women were even allowed to take part in Jihad during the rise of Islam, alongside the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Islam emphasizes the equal rights of men and women, and considers education a duty, allowing women to be active in their societies. Unfortunately, the Taliban have failed to recognize these rights, instead isolating women from society. It is essential that the Taliban recognize the importance of education for women, as it is the only way for them to obtain their rights, fight against injustices, and discover their talents in various fields of activity.
In Afghanistan, women have long been held back from participating in society due to socio–cultural restrictions, male domination, insecurity, political instability, and a weak economy. This has led to a lack of education and a precarious situation for Afghan women, who are unable to attend schools and universities. If the current situation persists, Afghan women will face even greater challenges. The Taliban‘s continued disregard for the rights of Afghan women will only lead to further frustration and destruction in the country.