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German MP: Women’s hunger strike shows desperate situation in Afghanistan

Schahina Gambir, a member of the German parliament, has said that the hunger strike staged by Tamana Zaryab Paryani and several others shows the desperate situation of women in Afghanistan.

A politician of Alliance 90/The Greens, Gambir has been serving as a member of the German parliament since 2021. She was born in Kabul.

Women activists have launched a hunger strike in Cologne city to draw attention to the dire situation of women in Afghanistan, Gambir said on X on Sunday.

This comes amid Paryani’s return to the protest area after being discharged from the hospital where she was admitted due to deteriorating health.

Paryani was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after she passed out.

Another hunger striker, identified as Nezam, was also reportedly moved to hospital due to worsening health.

Paryani and other activists, who started a 12-day hunger strike on September 1, are protesting the international community’s inaction regarding the Taliban’s treatment of women in Afghanistan which they demand to be recognized as “gender apartheid.”

They have also urged a halt on financial support and official engagement with the Taliban authorities and the immediate release of political prisoners who remain in the group’s detention centers.

The hunger strike, which has entered its tenth day, has also spurred support from many individuals and rights groups.

Women activists have also staged hunger strikes in Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, and the US to join the cause and many others attended the protest in Cologne in solidarity.