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Blinken Praises Afghan Women’s Struggle for a Better Future

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday at the Summit for Democracy 2023 in Washington, once again criticized the Taliban’s repressive policies against Afghan women.

While hosting the session, Blinken said despite the Taliban’s efforts to completely erase women from public life, brave Afghan women have not stopped protesting against the Taliban’s orders.  He said these women are taking massive risks to come to the streets and fight for a better future in Afghanistan.  

Blinken further added that women and girls are at the forefront of the struggle to achieve fundamental human rights and establish democracy around the world.

He specifically mentioned “brave Iranian women” who took to the streets despite serious threats and chanted the slogan “woman, life, freedom” for months, some whom had been imprisoned, and possibly faced heavy penalties for raising their voices.

Over the past two years, the Taliban regime has tried to curb women’s dissatisfaction by arresting, harassing, and threatening Afghan women activists time and again. However, these brave women have not succumbed to the demands of Afghanistan’s de fact authorities and kept protesting for their basic human rights.

On Sunday, March 26, the Taliban arrested a group of women during a peaceful protest in western Kabul, a predominantly Hazara-populated area. Fatima Mohammadi, Mlalayee Hasheemi, and Roqia Sayee are among the detainees.  

Blinken said the United States is “committed to supporting women and promoting gender equality around the world through diplomacy.”

Since the Taliban seized power in August 2021, the group has deepened restrictions on women and girls’ movement. The gender-based restrictions barring women and girls from education, work, and other activities are of major concern – the implementation of which has utterly erased Afghan women and girls from public life.  

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