May 26, 2023
By Hamza Saeed
In a chilling revelation, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Amnesty International have shed light on the grim reality of women’s rights under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Their report, “The Taliban’s War on Women in Afghanistan,” offers a stark portrayal of the systematic human rights abuses against Afghan women and girls from August 2021 to January 2023.
The report underscores the perilous situation for all Afghan women and girls, who face the risk of persecution due to their sex and gender. It further highlights the additional threats faced by those fleeing Afghanistan, who may also fear persecution for their religious or political beliefs.
Taliban’s Policies: A Closer Look
The Taliban’s policies have drawn widespread condemnation from human rights organizations worldwide. The enforcement of strict dress codes, banning women from working outside their homes, and limiting their education to primary level are among the many oppressive measures imposed by the group. Violation of these rules can lead to severe punishments, including public flogging or even execution.
Despite the Taliban’s oppressive rule, some Afghan women have managed to continue working in sectors like healthcare and education. However, they face significant challenges due to restrictions on their movement. Moreover, many women previously employed by international organizations or foreign governments have lost their jobs since the Taliban takeover.
Violence Against Women: A Growing Concern
The report also raises alarm over the escalating violence against women in Afghanistan. Amnesty International reports instances of sexual violence, forced marriages, and other forms of gender-based violence. The Taliban’s policies have fostered a culture of impunity, allowing perpetrators of such crimes to go unpunished.
The situation is particularly dire for women and girls belonging to ethnic or religious minorities, who face additional discrimination and persecution under Taliban rule.
The Way Forward: Recommendations and Conclusions
The report concludes with a call to action for the international community to safeguard the rights of Afghan women and girls. It urges the Taliban to respect human rights, advocates for support to Afghan women’s organizations, and emphasizes the need for Afghan women and girls to have access to essential services like education and healthcare.
In addition, it calls on governments worldwide to provide asylum and resettlement opportunities for Afghan women and girls at risk of persecution.