Ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the world is talking about women’s rights in the country and how they are bearing the brunt of regressive and brutal restrictions of the Taliban. Despite promising women’s rights, Taliban has been continuously repressing women as they are forced to live under strict restrictions in the garb of Islamic law.
Under the new Taliban regime, women have been strictly ordered to wear hijab when in public, while those attending private universities are mandated to wear an abaya robe and niqab covering most of the face.
In response, scores of Afghan women from their diaspora have started an online campaign by posting photographs of themselves in traditional Afghan attire to protest against the Taliban burqa law. Women are posting pictures with hashtags like #DoNotTouchMyClothes, #AfghanistanCulture, highlighting the richness of Afghan culture.
Dr Bahar Jalali, who started the first gender studies programme in Afghanistan, wore a traditional Afghan dress and posted on Twitter saying, “This is Afghan culture. I am wearing a traditional Afghan dress.”
Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi, head of the Afghan service at DW News, seconded Dr Jalali and repeated that this is Afghan culture and this is how Afghan women dress.
Later, scores of Afghan women joined the movement.
Protesting against the Taliban’s burqa law, more and more women are now joining the campaign and posting pictures of themselves in colourful Afghan attire in contrast to the conservative black burqa.
A user wrote, I wear my traditional Afghan dress proudly. It’s colourful and beautiful. Not at all like the images you saw circulating yesterday.
Another Afghan women wrote: This is another traditional Afghan dress from a different part of Afghanistan. I was a teenager in this pic. We will not let our culture to be appropriated by those who want to erase us.
Another tweet read, this is what an Afghan kids looks like. This is our culture. This is our traditional dress. We love lots of colour. Even our rice is colourful and so is our flag.
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