While the whole world may be busy in debating about the women’s future under the Taliban rule, there are some brave souls who are standing for themselves.
Many across the world were shaken when the horrifying scenes of the Taliban taking control over Afghan soil surfaced over media. Hundreds of Afghans swarmed Kabul airport for their last chance to escape the country.
While many were trying to flee the war-torn nation, four courageous women took to the Kabul streets to protest against the Taliban. This is the first demonstration by women in Kabul after Taliban militants took over.
Wearing black abayas and hijabs, these women were holding up the placards in protest. They were chanting ‘we want our rights’ at the Wazir Akbar Khan area in Kabul.
Though Taliban is notoriously known for oppressing women, they didn’t do or say anything to stop these female protestors.
An Al Jazeera correspondent tweeted the video and captioned it:
Translation: We want our rights, here are women, we want social security, the ban on work, the right to education and the right to political participation. No force can ignore and stifle women. All our achievements over the years should not be compromised and our basic rights.
You can watch the clip here:
First reported women’s protest in Kabul following the takeover by the Taliban:
Four women holding handwritten paper signs stand surrounded by armed Taliban fighters
Indescribable courage:pic.twitter.com/1HtpQ4X2ip— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) August 17, 2021
Another view of the first women’s protest in Kabul following the takeover by the Taliban—sound ON:pic.twitter.com/BjRpPV5AJa— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) August 17, 2021
Many netizens came forward to support and applaud these courageous real heroes!
Spines of steel! https://t.co/MgaBwOWrKj— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) August 17, 2021
@UN_Women THESE WOMEN ARE BETTER THAN YOU— Onkar Ghosh (@Soumya_gsh) August 17, 2021
They need to stand for themselves.— Sunil J (@SunilJ234) August 17, 2021
Afganistan surrendered without a fight.
All, I needed, that courage.💯— Sakshee singh (@Saksheesingh10) August 17, 2021
Brave women’s ❤
Let the Afghani women get liberated— @BabuR (@BabuS27277608) August 17, 2021
Bravo ladies.. It will definitely give courage to many mens of Afghanistan. 👏👏👏👏— Arvind Yadav (@aryadav05) August 17, 2021
Afghan women are more brave than there men. Kudos.— Rohit Kumar (@Digital_3d) August 17, 2021
While many applaud the courage of these brave souls, there were few who showed concern about the protest being used as an opportunity by Taliban to improve its image. In any case, we hope this protest encourages many more women to stand for themselves and be their own hero!