Were women allowed to work at all under the Taliban rules (tricky question)?
The majority of women were banned from working at all, only women working in the health industry were allowed to stay.
What industries were particularly hit hard by the Taliban’s work policies for women? Pick 2.
2) Elementary education of children
Were women allowed to be educated under Taliban law? What age did they have to stop going to school?
No, they had to stop schooling after the age of 8.
Find the quote that illustrates that the Taliban actually thought that they had increased women’s rights in Afghanistan.
“ No other country has given women the rights we have given them. We have given women the rights that God and His Messenger have instructed, that is to stay in their homes and to gain religious instruction in hijab”.
Health Care and Forced Confinement
Give 2 reasons it was really tough for women to receive health care when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.
1) They were not allowed to receive treatment from male doctors. The amount of women doctors was less and it became much harder for them to receive attention.
2) Women were banned from hammam, which many of them had been able to afford, due to a lack of it. Many became diseased.
A study done in 1991 concluded that roughly what percentage of Afghan women they surveyed were showing signs of mental distress and depression?
Describe 3 other cultural prohibitions that were imposed on women or about women if Taliban ruled Afghanistan
1) Beauty salons were shut down. Nail varnish and make-up were prohibited.
2) The word ‘women’ was modified if displayed.
3) They were prohibited from playing sports or entering clubs.
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:
1) When a Taliban raid discovered a woman running an informal school in her apartment, they beat the children and threw the woman down a flight of stairs (breaking her leg), and then imprisoned her. They threatened to stone her family publicly if she refused to sign a declaration of loyalty to the Taliban and their laws.
2) An Afghan girl named Bibi Aisha was promised to a new family through a tribal method of solving disputes known as baad When she fled the violence girls often suffer under baad, her new family found her and a Taliban commander ordered her punished as an example, "lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing". Her ears and nose were cut off and she was left for dead in the mountains, but survived.
Who is the woman in the photo on this part of the web-page?
Zarmina, a mother of seven.
What is happening to her?
She’s being executed.
Where is it happening?
In front of 30000 spectators at Kabul’s Ghazi Sport stadium.
What crime is she accused of?
Murdering her abusive husband.
What happened to her for 3 years before this event?
She was imprisoned for three years, and extensively tortured.
What organization took the film this photo is a screenshot from?
Women’s Resistance to the Taliban
Explain what the Golden Needle Sewing School was.
An underground school in Heart, Afghanistan, formed after laws of women unable to attend school were made. It was made of writers. Women would come three times a week, pretending they were going to sew, but hear lectures of literature from teachers at the university.
How did women “sneak in” 2 details.
1) They would fill their bags with scissors and material, looking as if they were going to be sewing. Also wearing their Burqas.
2) Children playing outside would alert them if the religious police were coming, giving them time to set up their sewing equipment.
Why was the area that this school was in one of the most oppressed by the Taliban? 2 reasons.
1) It was a cultured city.
2) Mostly Shi’a, which the Taliban opposed.
What is RAWA?
The Revolutionary Association of the Women in Afghanistan.
Who was the founder of RAWA and what happened to her?
Martyred Meena. She was assassinated by the KGB.
What does RAWA work for? 3 main things.
1) Increasing number of Afghan women in social and political activities
2) Acquiring women’s human rights
3) Contributing to the struggle for the establishment of a government based on democratic and secular values in Afghanistan.
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 believe the treatment of women in Afghanistan was cruel and unjust. It makes me feel angry that they were treated this way, because it is very sexist. All human beings should be treated the same, no matter what sex they are. The Taliban thought that women were a source of corruption, because they distracted men and brought on sexual ideas. This is the exact same thing the other way around. They were treated as if they were items that needed to be protected until a man made them their own.
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.
Canada is a rich and prosperous country, perhaps one of the top ones. It’s our responsibility to help people that are less fortunate than us. Not only is it inhumane to not, but once they are on their feet, other countries can become allies of our own. They’re resources could even be an addition to our imports. We have the resources and people to prosper, so I believe it is proper to do so.