Hanging By a Thread: Afghan Women’s Rights and Security by Dr Massouda Jalal, Dr. Mario Silva

By Dr Massouda Jalal, Dr. Mario Silva

Greater than a decade after the Taliban have been ousted from strength, Afghans' rights and safeguard are at a crossroads, and women's rights dangle by way of a thread. former political professionals supply an replace on possibilities and hazards dealing with the overseas group as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. Dr. Jalal, a former minister within the Karzai executive, asks the real questions and supplies proficient insights at the historical past of women's fight in Afghanistan and the risks posed by way of the continuing negotiations with the Taliban. partially II, Dr. Silva, a former member of the Canadian Parliament, addresses the continued challenge of safety, kingdom failure, and terrorism, and the constructions and helps that needs to be in position following the overseas army withdrawal.

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Nadir Shah gave in to the demands of the tribal and religious leaders and cancelled many of the reforms put in place by Amanullah and Soraya. He banned Jarideh Zanan, which was the only newspaper being published by women. His main concern was to keep the tribal leaders at bay. Mohammed Zahir Shah 1933–1973 Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, reigning for four decades, from 1933 until he was ousted by a coup in 1973. His reign saw a slow and gradual change for Afghan women. In 1941, for example, the first secondary school was set up for girls in Kabul.

Taliban The moment the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, in 1996, further drastic restrictions were imposed on women. They were forbidden from appearing in public without a mahram. A mahram is a male whom a woman can never marry because of a close relationship, such as a brother, a father, a sibling. The mahram is the guardian an unmarried woman can call upon when necessary, before whom she need not don a hijab; once married, her husband becomes her mahram. Whenever a woman stepped out in public, she had to wear a veil.

But for Mahboob, it isn’t just about business and the bottom line. She says that her main goal is to become a role model for Afghan women. “My message to Afghan women is that they should be ready to change their lives. They [can’t] stay at home and say, ‘We are just women and we have to stay at home and we accept it,’” Mahboob says. “We have to understand that we have rights. ” My foundation, the Jalal Foundation, has mobilized Afghans throughout the country; we are gathering one million signatures of support to stop violence against women in Afghanistan and all over the world.

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