Afghan women protest against Taliban touching clothes

Using the hashtags #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture (roughly translated: Don’t Touch My Clothes and Afghan Culture), many people are sharing a series of photos of their vibrant traditional costumes.

According to the station BBCEach region of Afghanistan has its own traditional clothing, but they all share the same characteristics: hand-embroidered, colorful, and elaborately decorated with small mirrors – as opposed to the traditional full-body attire for Muslim women. (abayas) were worn by supporters of “Taliban regulations” during protests in the capital Kabul over the weekend.

In one video, women wearing abayas protesting in support of the Taliban in Kabul asserted that Afghan women’s makeup and modern clothing “does not represent Afghan Muslim women”.

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Afghan women wearing abayas demonstrate in support of the Taliban at a university in Kabul. Photo: EPA

“We don’t want feminism to be strange and contradictory to Sharia,” one woman asserted, referring to strict Islamic law backed by the Taliban.

Afghan women around the world quickly reacted to this protest. Join the online campaign started by Bahar Jalali, a former history lecturer at the American University in Afghanistan, who use the above hashtags and their traditional clothes to reveal their “true identity” Afghanistan”.

Sharing a photo of herself in a traditional green dress, Jalali asserted on social media Twitter: “I want to inform the world that the costumes that appear in the pro-Taliban protests are not our culture, our identity.”

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Ms. Bahar Jalali affirmed that abayas are not the culture and identity of Afghanistan. Photo: BBC

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Afghan women post photos of vibrant traditional costumes on Twitter

Some Afghan women have begun to change the way they dress according to the Taliban’s rules, and the chadari, a full-body blue dress, is appearing more and more in Kabul and other cities.

Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani of the Taliban government recently confirmed that Afghan women will be able to attend university but will have to sit in private classes and cover their faces.

Waheedullah Hashimi, another senior member of the Taliban government, stressed that the Taliban should not allow Afghan women to work alongside men. According to Hashimi, this is part of the syariah Islamic law expected to be promulgated by the Taliban.

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Afghan women during a protest demanding the Taliban respect their rights earlier this month. Photo: EPA

Once the syariah is officially implemented, Afghan women will be barred from working in government offices, banks, media companies, etc.

Since coming to power last month, Taliban officials have repeatedly insisted that Afghan women will be allowed to study and work within the framework of the syariah.

“Men and women cannot work together. This is clear. Afghan women are not allowed to come to our office or work in our ministries,” said Mr. Hashimi. Reuters.

International community pledges more than $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations (UN) warned on September 13 that millions of Afghans could run out of food before winter and 1 million children could die without immediate aid.

Since the Taliban took power, Afghanistan’s poverty rate has skyrocketed while basic public services are on the brink of collapse, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, the people of Afghanistan are perhaps facing their most dangerous hours,” said Guterres, adding that about 33 percent of the population of Afghanistan currently does not know what to eat. Where will the next food come from?

Also according to Secretary General Guterres, during the International Aid Conference for Afghanistan in Geneva (Switzerland) on September 13, the international community pledged more than 1 billion USD in aid to Afghanistan.

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