On Sunday, 20 Afghan women protested against Taliban restrictions on Afghan women's freedoms in Kabul. Fundamentalist Islamists have slowly eroded the rights won by women in the last twenty years since their return to power in August.
"Education, it is my right!" Reopen schools The demonstrators, who were often covered in veils, gathered at the Ministry of Education to chant "Reopen the schools!" They marched for about 100 meters before being stopped in their tracks by Taliban dressed in civilian clothes who came to disperse the protest.
Participant Zholia Parsi stated that she wanted to read a statement, but the Taliban wouldn't allow it. She added that "They confiscated the cell phones of some girls and stopped us from taking photos or videos of our protest."
The Taliban have placed a number of restrictions on civil society since their return to power. Many of these are intended to subjugate women to their fundamentalist view of Islam. They have barred them from public jobs, limited their travel rights, and banned girls from middle school and high school. The most recent restriction was placed at the beginning of May. Hibatullah Akhundzada the Taliban Supreme Leader, issued an edict requiring women to wear full-face veil in public.
According to the Taliban, their preference for the burqa was clear. This full veil is most often blue and meshed at your eye level. The Taliban also believed that women should not leave home unless they had an urgent reason to do so. The UN Security Council called Friday for the lifting of restrictions. However, the Taliban refused to do so, considering the concerns "unfounded."