Dozens of women wearing black niqabs have taken to the streets of Kabul to express their support for the Taliban and their strict interpretation of Sharia law. The rally followed a wave of protests led by women’s rights protesters.
Several dozen women, allegedly students of Shaheed Rabbani University of Education in Kabul, marched through the streets of the city on Saturday, chanting Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest) in support of the Taliban regime.
Hundreds of Afghan women marched in Kabul in support of the Islamic Emirate. The march followed last week’s anti-Taliban marches by “women’s rights” activists. pic.twitter.com/BPvZg7wnXu
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The majority of participants in a small, orderly procession were dressed in black veils from head to toe and carried signs that read: “We do not want diversity”, “Our rights secure in Islam” and “Women who have left Afghanistan cannot represent us” in reference to those who fled Afghanistan as part of the chaotic US-led evacuation effort after Kabul fell to the Taliban in mid-August.
“We want the Islamic Emirate to guarantee all rights for women. Access to knowledge, work and health must be made a priority, and they must focus on these issues ”, one of the protesters said, as RT’s Ruptly video agency reported.
Taliban militants, some armed with machine guns and rifles, marched alongside the women apparently to provide security.
The rally followed a meeting at the university that brought together around 300 women, AFP reported. Some of them spoke out against women’s rights protesters and argued that the US-backed Afghan government of exiled President Ashraf Ghani was “abuse women” and “recruit women just by their beauty.”
Daud Haqqani, director of foreign relations at the education ministry, insisted that although the rally was authorized by the new Taliban government, it was requested by the demonstrators themselves.
Reacting to photos from the event, some online experts expressed disbelief that women could be content with life under the Taliban, while calling for full veil “dehumanizing”.
Women wearing dehumanizing burqas are “happy” with the backward and barbaric Taliban and all their “rights are protected” under an extremist Islamist regime. Are you crazy or are you just lying? https://t.co/zAAO07IW5u
– Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) September 11, 2021
Others have argued that while there may be women who genuinely support activists and their worldview, their beliefs are “never in a million years” representing Afghan women as a whole.
These are the female supporters of the Taliban. I believe everyone should have the right to choose what to wear or who to support. BUT: Never in a million years have they been representative of women in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/U5umbFTM74
– Kaweh Kerami | اوه کرامی (@KawaKerami) September 11, 2021
Former Afghan refugee Roh Yakobi used the footage to mock those gathered, claiming he was “I don’t know how many of these people are actually women.”
American University of Afghanistan law assistant Haroun Rahimi, however, hit back at those who mocked women for their appearance, calling for liberals “just as intolerant” when it comes to what Afghan women are supposed to look like and think of. “It’s all about choice. Women’s choice. These women chose this hijab. We must honor and respect their choice ”, he tweeted.
Sentiment during Saturday’s protest contrasted starkly with that of the marches for the women’s right organized by opponents of Taliban policies that require women to follow an Islamic dress code and promote segregation in some public places, including in schools and universities.
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