Afghan women have launched a social media campaign by posting photos of themselves in traditional Afghan clothing, a form of protest against what they call the “new dress code” imposed by the Taliban.
Afghan women are posting photos on social media in traditional Afghan clothing. The online campaign started after a group of female pro-Taliban students gathered in Kabul covered from head to toe.
Afghan activists say dressing students in pro-Taliban rallies does not represent Afghan culture.
“The burqa, or women who cover their faces, is not part of Afghan culture. “Like many other women, I protested by posting on social media my traditional Afghan clothing that represents the culture of Afghanistan,” said Sofiea Siddiqi, an Afghan journalist living in France.
Afghan activists say women now living under Taliban rule should have the freedom to choose what they want to wear.
“In my personal opinion, no dress code should be imposed on women, especially in Afghanistan where everyone is Muslim, and everyone knows how to dress in accordance with Islamic, cultural and social values,” said Wazhma Kohestani, an activist for women’s rights in Kabul.
But some Afghans say the Afghan diaspora should focus on the most critical issues facing women in Afghanistan.
“Campaigns launched on social networks on how women should dress is a positive move, but at this critical time, important issues such as women’s employment, education, political participation and the protection of those who have been achieved over two decades should be to be a priority, “said Savita Anwari, a US-based women’s rights activist.
Women in Afghanistan and around the world have protested against the Taliban’s strict restrictions on women. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month after the Afghan government collapsed and the US withdrew its troops from the country./VOA
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