Read the very first paragraph and then summarize the Taliban’s quotation about its reasons for harsh treatment of women below:
The Taliban belief was that women were to maintain rigid respectability and modesty so they could remain sanctified
Under the Gender Policies heading, summarize the 8 points about the treatment of women by the Taliban provided:
Women were to avoid anything that would distinguish them to men, including variations in dress, high heeled shoes and speaking loudly. They were also to avoid public appearance in any form (tv, pictures, events) as much as possible.
Were women allowed to work at all under the Taliban rules (tricky question)?
With the exception of health care and humanitarian workers, women were not allowed to have any kind of employment
What industries were particularly hit hard by the Taliban’s work policies for women? Pick 2.
Education and the public sector both held many female employees prior to the Taliban policies, meaning that they suffered greatly from large gaps in the workforce.
Were women allowed to be educated under Taliban law? What age did they have to stop going to school?
Any women above the age of eight were not allowed to be educated.
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”.
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?
The Taliban policies toward women were extremist and misogynistic. Some of the restrictions are almost understandable as parts of their religion and culture, but many are taken much too far, such as leaving them trapped in their homes without access to employment or health care. It is worse yet when one considers that these rules are being imposed by a minority ruling group. Also, the punishments are harsh and unofficial.
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.
To an extent, we do have a responsibility. However, there is a fine line between helping and imposing our own values. We are very quick to assume that all other people in the world want western, capitalist democracies. Also, we have a tendency to only offer such aid (at least on a significant level) when there are other reasons at play. For example, Afghanistan may be partially motivated by human rights and national development, but if it weren’t for the international mission following the Trade Center attacks, I doubt we would be doing much about it. There are plenty of other countries we do little or nothing to help that need it just as badly, but don’t have our attention.