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We do not want to under the rule of the Taliban

For 40 years, prevails in the war in Afghanistan, the ongoing peace negotiations to appear as a miracle. However, many Afghan women are not able to be happy right. "We women have, despite all the problems, so much achieved in the last 18 years, we do not want to under the rule of the Taliban," says parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi, one of two women who were in the negotiations in Moscow this week. There are over 40 high Afghan politicians, tribal and militia leaders have been negotiating on the withdrawal of the USA and participation of the Taliban in Power. "Who wants to make Afghanistan policy, must accept the freedom of rights, also women's rights", calls Koofi.

she speaks from painful experience. The rule of the Taliban from 1996 to 2001 was for the women in the country, a dark time. They had to wear in Public the Burka, and were only allowed in accompanied by a male Relative on the street. Who was alone, or even with unsheathed sword face caught the draconian punishments such as public whipping threatened.

Who had no male Relatives in the war-scarred country is not uncommon, stand virtually under house arrest. Women were no longer allowed to work, girls to school. The school system collapsed within the shortest time, because all the teachers were dismissed, so the boys had no normal training.

Afghan women were not allowed to let Doctors treat and have remained so often without medical care. They were allowed to speak in Public, or laugh because it can supposedly attract men. Even their steps were not to be heard, which is why high heels were forbidden. In transport, separate places for women and men. Critics of gender apartheid.

the Taliban want new Constitution

the peace brokers want to involve the Taliban, now in Power, is, therefore, for many women, more than a flaw. They fear, quite simply, is your future and that of their daughters. The Afghan women it is still bad, so the country has about the highest maternal mortality in the world. Nevertheless, it has changed a lot since the expulsion of the Taliban by the US forces in 2001, much to the Positive. The equality of a man and a woman is enshrined in the Constitution, in the Parliament, a third of the members are, thanks to a lock-up clause in the female. Especially in the cities, it is managed to the women, to emancipate themselves in education and Business, although there is resistance from the Patriarchal society. The burqa, no one is wearing here.

In the areas controlled by the Taliban, whose numbers rose last year by ten percent to over half of the territory, the situation is more difficult. The women have to wear veils. Some girls go there to school, but no later than at the age of Puberty, it is over with the formation. Many of the girls are forced to be married, and are later exposed to domestic violence.

During the negotiations in Moscow, the Taliban were moderate. You will not draw the same harsh System as before, it was called. But the Islamists have made in Moscow, it is also clear that Afghanistan must be a different country if there is to be peace: The Constitution, the equality requires, needs to be replaced, it is an obstacle to peace, said the chief negotiator for the Taliban, Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai. "It is not credible, because it was copied from the West and the Afghan Muslim society was needed in the Wake of the occupation."

A new Constitution should the "principles of the Islamic Religion, the national interests, historical achievements and social justice". Women should be allowed to work and go to school. We'll grant you all the rights that have given "the sacred Religion of Islam".

women demand participation in negotiations

According to these conciliatory words, a whole Sermon of accusations to the address of the "so-called women's rights activists". Billions of dollars had come into the country, but the women is not better, an Afghan woman complained, on average, only 45 years old, Stanekzai. The reason for this, he locates not in the government, and of our own draconian policy on women, but the women's rights activists, which would put all the money into their own pockets and the country is tainted: "In the name of women's rights was immoral, shameless and UN-Islamic culture."

prominent Afghan women call up to involve women in the peace negotiations. You criticize the Americans, from President Donald Trump wishes to withdraw its troops as quickly as possible from Afghanistan and a commitment from the Taliban not reach that support international terrorism. For this, you will be ready to sacrifice the hard-won women's rights. But then, are convinced of the Activists, condemned any peace agreement to Fail. "Afghan women want peace," says the member of Parliament Rahima Jami. "But not at any price."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.02.2019, 21:19 PM

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