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US News Afghanistan. Decided not to "capitulate", about fifteen women demonstrate in Kabul

17:00  24 november  2022
17:00  24 november  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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A group of women demonstrated in Kabul for "their rights, until the end". A risky action since the Taliban resumed power in Afghanistan in August 2020.

About fifteen Afghan women briefly demonstrated Thursday November 24 in Kabul to defend "their rights, to the end" , on the eve of the International day to combat violence against women, AFP journalists have noted.

Wearing black sunglasses for the most part, the head covered with a veil and a surgical mask masking the bottom of their face, the demonstrators started their march in front of a mosque in downtown Kabul. Taliban of the Intelligence Services patrolled cars and others wandered, armed, in the street in front of the small group of women.

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The protesters of very different ages shouted their raised fists "Women, Life, Solidarity" . "We will fight for our rights to the end, and we will not capitulate" , could we read in Dari on one of the signs brandished by a participant. "America and the West betrayed Afghan women" , deplored another poster. “The horrible condition of Afghan women is a shame for the conscience of the world! said another in English.

Risk demonstrations

since the Taliban resumed power in August 2021 , following the departure after 20 years of war of the American troops, the demonstrations of women, which rarely bring together more than forty people, became risky . Many demonstrators have been arrested.

The Taliban has imposed an ultra-rigorist interpretation of Islam and gradually introduced the rules of increasingly strict, restricting in particular the rights and freedoms of women very strongly.

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Secondary schools for girls were closed . Women civil servants are excluded from most public or paid jobs for misery to stay at home. Women are also prevented from traveling alone outside their city and must cover themselves with a full veil.

Prohibition to frequent parks and gardens

The Taliban also announced in November that they were no longer allowed to attend Kabul parks and gardens, but also gymnasiums or public baths.

Wednesday, telecommunications officials from the province of Uruzgan (South) said that women were no longer allowed to buy SIM cards for their mobile phones because stores did not have separate areas to serve them.

According to the UN, which organizes the international day to combat violence against women on Friday, violence against women and girls remains the most widespread and extensive human rights violation in the world. It is estimated that she touches one in three women. A figure that has been mainly unchanged over the past ten years, notes the organization.

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