“Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a “very closed, very dark time.” To carry a camera would have been unthinkable.”
A short poem, addressed to the Taliban, from Lima Niazi, a 15-year-old Afghan girl. Today is the International Day of the Girl. Read about Lima and other girl poets in Afghanistan in Pulitzer Center grantee Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy’s project on Afghanistan, women and poetry and leave your own landai in the comments.
Lima Niazi. Image by Seamus Murphy. Afghanistan, 2012.
People protest in the city of Kabul, over the execution style murder of a woman accused of adultery. Their placards read: ‘Other women can’t be silenced’. Other protesters carried signs saying ”International community: Where is the protection and justice for Afghan women?”
Today Afghan women’s affairs official was killed in a car bomb.
Women have gained basic rights such as education voting and employment in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban but their rights are in a very precarious position right now. There’s a danger that the Afghan government could trade them away in return for peace with the Taliban. The women in the picture are speaking up about these issues, and we ought to give them a hand. Please reblog, and if you have a spare few minutes you could even contact you EU representative or local politician to ask that they continue to push for women’s rights in Afghanistan.
You can read more on this issue at Amnesty International.