Were women allowed to work at all under the Taliban rules (tricky question)?
- No women were allowed to work with men, but it seems that females in the health system were allowed to keep working but it was really difficult because of the bus structure and other limiting rules.
What work places were particularly hit hard by the Taliban’s work policies for women? Pick 2.
- Education system
- The government
Were women allowed to be educated under Taliban law? What age did they have to stop going to school?
- Yes, but at the age of eight, all girls were taken out of school.
Find the quote that illustrates that the Taliban actually thought that they had increased women’s rights in Afghanistan.
"The Taliban’s act of giving monthly salaries to 30,000 job-free women, now sitting comfortably at home, is a whiplash in the face of those who are defaming Taliban with reference to the rights of women. These people through baseless propaganda are trying to incite the women of Kabul against the Taliban"
Health Care and Forced Confinement
Give 2 reasons it was really tough for women to receive health care when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.
The rules were that no male would touch a female patient, and with so few women working in the healthcare system , treatment wasn’t easy to find.
This problem is only expanded upon by the education limitations on women.
A study done in 1991 concluded that roughly what percentage of Afghan women they surveyed were showing signs of mental distress and depression?
- 97% in depression and 71% felt a lower level of health.
Describe 3 other cultural prohibitions that were imposed on women or about women if Taliban ruled Afghanistan
- A taxi driver who picked up a women without her faced covered or a mahram could be imprisoned and the husband would be punished.
- A women found washing clothes in a river would be escorted home and her husband would be punished.
- Tailors taking female measurements could be imprisoned.
Punishments for Breaking Taliban Laws
Read the information about the types of punishments women (and men) were subjected to in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s rule and summarize 2 extreme examples below:
- An afghan girl who was to go to a new family, ran away from the abuse of it, was found, and had her nose and ears cut off then was left to die in the mountains.
- Schools (students women and teachers) continue to be assaulted with acid attacks and poison gas.
Who is the woman in the photo on this part of the web-page?
What is happening to her?
- Being executed
Where is it happening?
- Kabul’s Ghazi Sport Stadium
What crime is she accused of?
- She said she killed her abusive husband
What happened to her for 3 years before this event?
- imprisonment and torture
What organization took the film this photo is a screenshot from?
- RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)
Women’s Resistance to the Taliban
Explain what the Golden Needle Sewing School was.
- A guise for a secretly run school in someone’s home
How did women “sneak in” 2 details.
- They pretended it was a sewing class
Why was the area that this school was in one of the most oppressed by the Taliban? 2 reasons.
- It was a cultured city and mostly Shi'a which the Taliban were ‘enemies’ of.
What is RAWA?
- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Who was the founder of RAWA and what happened to her?
- Meena Keshwar Kamal, she was assassinated in 1987.
What does RAWA work for? 3 main things.
Get women into politics and social activities
Getting human rights for women
Continuing to oppose the government of Afghanistan by democratic and secular principals.
Now that you know …
Write a personal reaction on this slide (3-4 sentences) in which you express your opinion about the treatment of women in Afghanistan by the Taliban. How does it make you feel? Why?
I have, and still do feel both infuriation and a little despair at the treatment of women by the Taliban. It reminds me of what can happen when the wrong person claims power. It does though, give me an incredibly slight amount of satisfaction that all these actions show an insurmountable fear of women. Perhaps it is because we stand against most of what the Taliban support and threaten it’s very preposterous foundations.
Do we …
As citizens of a country in which we are relatively free, safe, and equal do we have the responsibility to help places like Afghanistan become more like us? Why or why not? Explain your answer in 3 – 4 sentences.
Yes, I think we do have a moral obligation to help. With the Taliban’s extreme views. It could take centuries for gender equality to reach this part of the world, and it makes me sick when I think of how many more women and children have to die before something happens. We have the ability to give aid and if we don’t it will show first hand why humanity has failed to move forward with so many issues.