Changes in Afghanistan


 As we know Afghanistan has a very particular view on women’s rights and the general idea of how women should be treated. Women don’t have many rights, they have no life for themselves their whole life is basically planned out from the start.

                     In Afghanistan women are forced to wear a blue sheet-like item to cover them. “In western minds, the blue burqa stands as an icon for the oppression of women in Afghanistan because the Taliban force women to wear the full body and face cover while they are in public.”(Schmickle 2009) These views of the Taliban have upset many women around the world, with the freedom they deserve as human beings. In 2009 the Taliban passed laws forcing taliban-style restrictions on women. “The law reportedly would restrict when and how women could leave their homes. In the case of divorce, it would grant child custody to the father. And it would force healthy women to have regular sex with their husbands — a provision denounced around the world as a santion of marital rape” (Schmickle 2009). When times are hard and supplies are limited it first goes to the men, most women including female children. “When food was scarce it first went to the men and boys in a family, and the women all too often were too malnourished to produce milk for their babies” (Article1). In Afghanistan women are treated like dogs; the whole world knows it. It has been happening for years even nowadays with the Taliban in control, women are still less valued than males. It’s sad to think of the women and girls that have nowhere to go that just have to deal with it like it’s a normal day. Little girls can’t even walk to school and be safe. “There were eager faces of girls in classroom that had been forbidden to them under taliban rule.These were the faces of bravery because some other girls were shot on their way to schools and some of their schools bombed, burned and raided by hardliners who to this day oppose the education of women.These girls were trailblazers in a country where three of four girls are illiterate” (Schmickle 2009). It’s very disturbing to think that in America females can have such an impact in any industry, but in other countries women and children can’t even get an education without the worry of dying. Little girls don’t have freedom and choices in their life; their whole life is planned like a book, told what to do, where to go, what and how much they can eat, and even their love life is planned. “In many provinces, parents arrange for their daughters to be married at the age of 12 or 13. A year or two later they give birth before their pelvic bones are fully formed. When such a young girl is obstructed, her uterus ruptures and she dies a horrible death, health workers told me” (Schmickle 2009) Around the world women are used and less valued. It’s terrible to think how badly some women are treated.




How does Afghanistan treat women? Here’s what I saw

By Sharon Schmickle