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THE WOMEN OF AFGHA Caged In AFGHANISTAN WOMEN RIGHTS

Photo by: Muzafar Ali Gandanayak Girls School, Nili, Daikundi.

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By Kobra Moradi

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he history of Afghanistan depicts a brutal life for its women. They have been victims of sexual assault, violence and honour killings. Women face being poisoned, mutilated and stoned to death, and for too long they have been held captive within the four walls of their own homes.

Whilst Afghan men may have found moments of autonomy and consolation at some stage of their lives, Afghan women have never had this privilege. Although the retreat of the Taliban in 2011 offered some changes; the dangerous patriarchal norms that were established remained intrinsically engrained within the nation’s mentality. Aisha did not find a welcoming arm or a safe haven after she ran away. Society viewed her as a deviant: someone who posed danger to the masculine authority and their social norms, which hold greater importance than human life in a men’s world. She was viewed as a dishonoured and blatant woman by an intolerant society.

Aisha Mohammadzai is an emblem of the ongoing oppression of Afghan women. Aisha was forced into marriage at an early age. Her husband and his family treated her as a slave. Instead of accepting her position, she chose to pursue her rights, and so she fled. Unfortunately, in Afghanistan, where there is no safe haven for a daring woman, Aisha was returned to her in-laws, where she was mutilated. Her cut nose and ears are symbols of the violence that thousands of women have experienced and still experience in Afghanistan.

Women in Afghanistan are persistently marginalised and isolated from the public arena. They are prevented from taking part in creating the values that dictate their everyday lives. They are subject to man-made norms that continuously aim at degrading 18

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