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Afghan women are fearing Taliban rule: Exclusive Interview

Afghan women are fearing Taliban rule: Exclusive Interview

In an exclusive interview for Radio News Hub a social activist living in Kabul has voiced her fears and feeling totally abandoned by the West.

Women in Afghanistan remain anxious about the prospects of Islamic law being imposed by the new Taliban Government.
They have been out on the streets of Kabul today demonstrating for their right to political participation.

In an exclusive interview for Radio News Hub a social activist living in Kabul has voiced her fears and feeling totally abandoned by the West.
Zahra Karimi is executive director for women’s rights movement ‘Her Afghanistan’. She told us that the future remains uncertain: “The Taliban were considered terrorists for decades and now they’re here telling us that they’re going to serve us.

“We have millions of women who are educated. Millions of women who were in the workforce. We don’t know what is going to happen to us.”

The Afghan people remain sceptical about the new Taliban regime in the country despite reassurances from its leaders claimed Karimi.
“The Taliban are claiming that they’re different but their ideologies for the past 20 years have not been promising. The people of Afghanistan do not trust the Taliban government.”

She adds that Afghans believe the Taliban are creating a false impression of friendliness which could evaporate in days.
“Taliban are on the police rangers. Yesterday they even took selfies with people because they don’t want any resistance.”

Karimi described walking into Kabul. In a tweet she said “I went out today to a different
city.” She told us that there were hardly any women on the streets of Kabul, earlier this week, which would normally be bustling with mixed crowds.
“They are scared to go out in case they’re challenged by the Taliban,” and added that women know exactly what Shariah rules will mean.
“Women have to wear the burka, women can’t work, women have to be in separate places. I don’t think it’s going to be a free environment for women.
“It’s going to be a rather toxic patriarchal system. All the evidence is leading to that.”

 

However, a statement from Her Afghanistan has called on all women to support the new policy for women’s inclusion in society, whatever their cynicism.
“We are calling on you all to join Her Afghanistan in observing the structure the Afghan Taliban wants to create.”
With a caveat to “make sure it allows the advancement of women and not have our silence work against us.” Karimi says in her latest tweets that things are starting to return to normal: “A lot more
people are outside today and more places are open. “Our hearts are still heavy, and broken, but I hope we don’t lose our dreams amidst this
chaos.”

The Exclusive Interview with Zahra Karimi for Radio News Hub was by Ratnesh Dwivedi, South Asia Correspondent, Blue Aurora Media.

You can hear more excerpts on our You Tube channel.

Content provided by Radio NewsHub. Originally published on 2021-08-19 15:00:00.

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