Ahead of March 8th, International Women’s Day, groups of women in Afghanistan held indoor protest rallies on Sunday in the capital city of Kabul. They voiced their anger at the Taliban and called for more serious and practical actions to address the group’s violations of human rights in Afghanistan.
Led by Afghanistan Women’s Political Participation Network, the protesters said, in a statement, that they were fed up of the conditions created for them by the Taliban and want the international community to act.
The Taliban’s repression of women and girls, the network warned, will have “dangerous consequences” for the region and the world.
Members of Afghan Women’s Movement for Justice held a separate indoor rally in Kabul, calling for the world to stop engaging with the Taliban and refrain from recognising its rule until it changes its “extremist and misogynist” way of ruling.
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The protesters called on the European Union and the US to stop any “overt or covert” cooperation with the Taliban and impose stricter sanctions against the group.
Since recapturing power in August 2021, the Taliban has removed most of the rights women and girls had gained, including the rights education beyond primary age and work, as well as travelling without a mahram.
The Taliban recaptured Afghanistan in August 2021. Since then, the group has effectively banned women from education, work, going to amusement parks, and from traveling without a mahram or male relative guardian.
The group has often violently suppressed protests by women.