Yesenia Valencia HUN 245.6048 Professor Regan March 24, 2009
The life of an afghan woman has been taken away by husbands, fathers and brothers. Women in Afghanistan have been denied of rights, such as voting, inheritance, the right to work or to even choose their own partners in marriage. Between 1996 and 2001 during which the Taliban were in power, women were treated worse than in any time in society. They were forbidden to work, they were only allowed to leave the house if they were accompanied by a male, if they were found alone in the street they would be returned to their husband or were put in jail. Women were forced to cover themselves from head to toe even covering their eyes. Since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 lives for women has improved but women still face many challenges. It is shocking to me how different other people’s lives can be, especially in such a modern day. As I read in the article by Kirk Semple women are property of men, as I women this disgusts me because we are human just like men and should be treated as equals and not as animals or property. Throughout the film I was introduced to the hardships that these women face in a daily. They try and stay hopeful and with hard and dangerous efforts they stick together to form secret study groups, to gain knowledge and education since they were also deprived of this. The women try to progress and get help but even shelters have been criticized as foreign intrusion. This government of men is ignorant; they have no morals or any sense of humanity. I
can’t generalize all men because without good men women would have no chance to progress or at least attempt to. It is extremely sad and unbelievable that this still occurs and is allowed to go on; I don’t believe that anyone should be treated so poorly. These women don’t know happiness which results in high suicide rates. They are married off at really young ages for money. As the article says a young girl was married off at the age of 9, in exchange for a 400$ bride price that helped cover a bride debt. I could not imagine the depression these women fight to overcome, it’s nonstop suffrage. I really hope life in Afghanistan improves and at least there are many organizations that are struggling to give women back their rights and end the repression of women.