Women’s rights after the Taliban.

After the fall of the Taliban women were promised many rights that have yet to be realized. According to international women’s rights organization, Womankind Worldwide, women in Afghanistan still face systematic discrimination and violence.
via BBC.

The report admits that there have been some legal, civil and constitutional gains for Afghan women. But serious challenges remain and need to be addressed urgently, it states. These include challenges to women’s safety, realisation of civil and political rights and status.

Furthermore, women have received at least 25% representation in the government, but the culture surrounding female politicians and activists is still a hostile one.

“Women who are standing up to defend women’s’ rights are not being protected,” says Brita Fernandes Schmidt of Womankind Worldwide.
“My message, really, to the international community is: you need to address specific security issues for women,” she says.
“Women’s rights activists are getting killed, women’s NGO workers are getting killed, and that is not going to change unless some drastic action is taken,” Ms Fernandes continues.
Womankind Worldwide says the international community needs to fulfil promises made after the fall of the Taleban to help protect Afghan women.

What I find interesting about this is that the US government used the rights of women as its rationale for military aggression in Afghanistan. But now after the fall of the Taliban (and since we couldn’t find Bin Laden there you know and attempts at building a natural gas pipeline have failed) we are suprisingly not present to protect women. Oh the smell of hypocrisy, so rank.

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  • http://civilliberty.about.com Tom Head

    And Bill Frist has essentially said that he’s comfortable letting the Taliban take back the government. I think it’s safe to say now that it really never had much to do with women’s rights, which depresses me–the major shining point of the Bush administration, for me, was that at least they got rid of the Taliban.

  • Phil V.

    The Taliban are once again creating havoc.What steps should our goverment take now?
    I have followed womens rights in Afghanistan from before 20001. While I think your post is good, I do think that we have to recognize that asking the Taliban to behave is not going to be enough. How can we help the women of Afghanistan?
    The only way we can protect the rights and security of women in Afghanistan is through military power. Are we here in the U.S. ready to make the sacrifices required to do so?
    Hpefully someone out there has a better idea then this.

  • ArsenicandEarlGrey

    How can we help the women of Afghanistan?
    Hmm…let’s drop a big barrel of oil in Afghanistan, hide it, and tell Bush he can only get it if he secures women’s rights first.
    *shrugs* Ya never know.

  • http://antiessentialistspeaksup.wordpress.com/ sylviasrevenge

    If you want to support the women working within Afghanistan to create and to secure women’s rights, donate to the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.
    According to their reports, the new Afghani government is teeming with corruption and the U.S. government is *shock/awe* supporting them.

  • http://f-words.blogspot.com yellownumber5

    To be fair, the major rationale for invading Afghanistan was the Taliban harboring Osama bin Laden and looking the other way from if not outright supporting terrorist training camps. I think it’s pretty clear that Afghanistan was a legitimate military target after 9/11, and my hope was that it would be a convenient way to upset the Taliban’s rule and help a more reasonable regime take power. Of course, we kind of dropped that ball when we went into Iraq and have proceeded to send two countries (regions, really) into chaos without achieving our military goals either.