Afghan Women & the Return of the Taliban

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Tue, 08-03-2010 - 8:24am

I wish Time had put the entire article online. There seems little chance that a woman's lot will change much in Afghanistan. Even many women in gov't support a conservation POV.


Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban


http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2007238,00.html



The following is an abridged version of an article that appears in the Aug. 9, 2010, print and iPad editions of TIME magazine.


The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband's house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. (See managing editor Richard Stengel's message to readers about this week's cover.)


This didn't happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year. Now hidden in a secret women's shelter in Kabul, Aisha listens obsessively to the news. Talk that the Afghan government is considering some kind of political accommodation with the Taliban frightens her. "They are the people that did this to me," she says, touching her damaged face. "How can we reconcile with them?" (See pictures of Afghan women and the return of the Taliban.)


In June, Afghan President Hamid Karzai established a peace council tasked with exploring negotiations with the Taliban. A month later, Tom Malinowski from Human Rights Watch met Karzai. During their conversation, Karzai mused on the cost of the conflict in human lives and wondered aloud if he had any right to talk about human rights when so many were dying. "He essentially asked me," says Malinowski, "What is more important, protecting the right of a girl to go to school or saving her life?" How Karzai and his international allies answer that question will have far-reaching consequences, not only for Afghanistan's women, but the country as a whole. (Watch TIME's video on photographing Aisha for the cover.)


As the war in Afghanistan enters its ninth year, the need for an exit strategy weighs on the minds of U.S. policymakers. Such an outcome, it is assumed, would involve reconciliation with the Taliban. But Afghan women fear that in the quest for a quick peace, their progress may be sidelined. "Women's rights must not be the sacrifice by which peace is achieved," says parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi. (Comment on this story.)


Yet that may be where negotiations are heading. The Taliban will be advocating a version of an Afghan state in line with their own conservative views, particularly on the issue of women's rights. Already there is a growing acceptance that some concessions to the Taliban are inevitable if there is to be genuine reconciliation. "You have to be realistic," says a diplomat in Kabul. "We are not going to be sending troops and spending money forever. There will have to be a compromise, and sacrifices will have to be made." (Watch TIME's video "Portraits of the Women of Afghanistan.")


For Afghanistan's women, an early withdrawal of international forces could be disastrous. An Afghan refugee who grew up in Canada, Mozhdah Jamalzadah recently returned home to launch an Oprah-style talk show in which she has been able to subtly introduce questions of women's rights without provoking the ire of religious conservatives. On a recent episode, a male guest told a joke about a foreign human-rights team in Afghanistan. In the cities, the team noticed that women walked six paces behind their husbands. But in rural Helmand, where the Taliban is strongest, they saw a woman six steps ahead. The foreigners rushed to congratulate the husband on his enlightenment — only to be told that he stuck his wife in front because they were walking through a minefield. As the audience roared with laughter, Jamalzadah reflected that it may take about 10 to 15 years before Afghan women can truly walk alongside men. But once they do, she believes, all Afghans will benefit. "When we talk about women's rights," Jamalzadah says, "we are talking about things that are important to men as well — men who want to see Afghanistan move forward. If you sacrifice women to make peace, you are also sacrificing the men who support them and abandoning the country to the fundamentalists that caused all the problems in the first place."


See pictures of Muslim women leading a soft revolution.

 


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Tue, 08-03-2010 - 10:56am

The Taliban are a horrible cancer that should be wiped from the face of the earth. However, even in "modernized" Islamic countries women are treated worse than dogs.

Iran still stones women to death.

Egypt still gives lashes as punishment to women who are raped.

Basically, the Islamic religion is extremely oppressive in barbaric to women. It's disgusting. Honor killings happen routinely in Islamic countries....and they even happen here in the U.S. and also in Canada.

Good for Time magazine for finally shedding some light on this issue.

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Tue, 08-03-2010 - 9:24pm
I think Time is attempting to drum up support for our continued presence in Afghanistan. My thought is that we're in Afghanistan right now and were there when the atrocity mentioned in the article occurred. Will our continued stay change anything?

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 9:50am

"Will our continued stay change anything?"


Although the Times article & front cover will most likely have an emotional impact on the public the fact of the matter is NATO's continued presence wont change the culture IMO. (India for example was part of the British Empire but their presence there didn't change the fact that women are still being murdered today. Even though it's against the law.)


How are we going to exit? There

 


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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 10:13am
The thing is, we must "exit" or we wind up with another Vietnam-type situation where there is no way to establish an acceptable (to us)government, and we're not helping matters. People asked how we could leave Iraq. I thought, "how can we stay?" We are running out of money and support. Our military wars on ideologies and cultures are just not working.

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 10:25am

"..we must "exit" or we wind up with another Vietnam-type situation..."


I agree. I wished we hadn't gone there in the beginnning.

 


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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 11:35pm

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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 9:50am
Seems as though too many have stakes or motivation to act on anything.

 


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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 8:48pm
Soft revolution they need guns. Hard revolution and to terminate both the taliban and the women who also act in cahoots with the terrorists.
Oppression is beat answered by fighting. A night of the long knives is in order.

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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 8:55pm
If we were during it right it would. But since we are still under the thumb of political cowards we Have ROE which are an antithesis to effective removal of these barbarians,

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