They are still allowed to study, but no longer with male students. Sports may be banned entirely for Afghan women soon. They fear that this is just the beginning. In protest against the new strict rules in their country, Afghan women are defying the new rulers by wearing colorful clothes, which the Taliban completely forbid.
There is a lot to do for women’s rights in Afghanistan when the Taliban seized power. However, not all of them give up. A sort of protest emerged on social media with women dressed in colorful traditional Afghan costumes. Anonymous in their country, with the name and surname of those who have already fled the country.
About 300 Afghan women organized a demonstration at Kabul University to show their approval of the new dress code. They wore a blue burqa, and they supported the new regime.
In response, hundreds of Afghan women around the world are posting pictures in colorful traditional clothes on social media using the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes. They want to show that robes covered in black or blue are not part of Afghan culture. And certainly not in 2021.
The movement started with Dr. Bahar Jalali, historian and founder of the first gender studies program in Afghanistan. This is the Afghan culture. I wear a traditional Afghan dress in many colors.”
Then women all over the world began posting pictures in their typical clothes. In many bright colours. These are prohibited under the new Taliban regime. This is why women still in Afghanistan now prefer to protest anonymously.
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, which had fought for the liberation of Afghan women for years, was dissolved and replaced by the Ministry of Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice with the aim of implementing Islamic law across the country.
Anyone who does not follow the rules will be treated harshly by the etiquette squad.
Meanwhile, the demand for the burqa, which would once again become mandatory everywhere, rose sharply in the meantime. Because after the Taliban was overthrown for the first time, many women almost burned the burqa. To celebrate their newfound freedom.
So now they have to go back to the store to buy a new one. The price has since increased tenfold.
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