Sample History Presentation Paper on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

The struggle for the minority groups is widespread across the globe. Among the minorities are the Afghanistan women who have been oppressed and fought for their own civil and human rights. Until recently, women in Afghanistan have been oppressed by the male gender under the Karzai administration in the past decade. This is according to a report by Jan Kubis (Sarkar, 7). The main basis has been religious, cultural and traditional practices where women have been looked down upon as lesser beings. The law had further restricted women to lesser opportunities further worsening their situation and forced into early marriages due to limited access to education.

After the abolition of some laws, women are presently allowed to acquire formal learning, adopted western dressings and lifestyles, and had leadership positions within the families. This has been made possible by the social reforms introduced by rights organizations and women activists. Unlike American social reforms and rights organizations, social reforms and organizations are facing numerous challenges as the government through the legislation and the Taliban group through the religious laws is against such groups (Sarkar, 10). Women activists, such as 27-year-old female activist Farkhunda, have been killed and harassed by authorities in the past for standing up against oppressive laws. This enraged the women who took to the streets and openly protested against their rights.

In comparison to the American Social movements, Afghanistan women activists have long struggles since most of the women are uneducated and financially unstable. Few women activists who are fighting for the rights of other women are socially and politically challenged due to their number and the religious position. Additionally, minority men are valuing the fight and freedom of women. Therefore, other than the female challenge, men are also against such fights.  From the American movements, the Afghanistan women ought to realize that it takes both men and women to fight gender equity as men are mostly behind the conflicts. I however believe that women in Afghanistan will overcome gender violence and limitation as this was a case before the succession of the Taliban and the Karzai administration. There is hope in this fight as minority men have joined the women to advocate for their rights. In future, I believe that more men will support women for economical and political progress.

Works Cited

Sarka, Monica. Women’s rights in Afghanistan: Are we witnessing a revolution? CNN. 2015, 8

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