I have been to Afghanistan and I know how horrible it has been and is for women and girls. And I have heard and read over and over and over that the USA promised it would protect the women of Afghanistan from the cruelty of the Taliban.
And now what? are we keeping our word? Are we abandoning these women and girls because either it is too hard and we give up – or because we simply make promises and don’t keep them?
I don’t have the answers but I didn’t make the promises, either.
Bottom line, I do want my country to keep its promises. What about you?
“No one knows who killed Islam Bibi. The 37-year old police lieutenant, the most senior female officer in southern Afghanistan’s dangerous Helmand province, was riding a motorcycle to work in early July with her son-in-law, when she was shot and killed. During her career, she faced many threats, only some of them related to the violent insurgency and rampant narco-trafficking that threaten all Afghan police officers in the province. In April, Bibi told a journalist that her family opposed her working as a police officer, and that her own brother had tried to kill her three times.
…It has been 12 years since the fall of the Taliban government but threats and attacks on Afghan women in public life provide tragic examples of how far away equal rights for women are in Afghanistan…
….But today, as foreign military forces and donors withdraw from Afghanistan, there are inescapable signs that the space is shrinking and a rollback in women’s rights is under way. Since mid-May, opponents of women’s rights – including one of the men Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently appointed to head the country’s human rights commission – have been fighting to repeal a key post-2001 law that punishes violence against women.
Then in July, a court reversed the 10-year prison sentences handed down to the in-laws of tortured 13-year-old bride Sahar Gul, unknown assailants assassinated Islam Bibi, a 25% member quota for women on the country’s 34 provincial councils was reduced to 20% (after the lower house of parliament tried to ban it entirely), and a new law passed by the lower house of parliament and pending in the upper house could effectively end prosecutions for underage and forced marriages and domestic violence by banning victims and witnesses from testifying against family members in court….”