Seven days have passed since women’s rights activists in Afghanistan began a hunger strike in protest against gender apartheid, and an organization called “Freedom Now,” based in the United States, has declared solidarity with the protesting Afghan women.
This organization has posted images of women’s rights activists who are on a hunger strike in Cologne, Germany, and said, “We stand in solidarity with the courageous Afghan women who are fighting for their rights, and we call on the international community to take immediate action in response to the human rights crisis in Afghanistan.”
According to the statement by Freedom Now, “Since August 15, 2021, the Taliban has issued more than 64 orders that have excluded women from society.”
Tamana Zaryab Paryani and her companions Naira Kohistani, Vahida Amiri, Roqiya Saai, and Saberah Akbari continue their hunger strike on the seventh day in Cologne, Germany. They are protesting against the “Taliban’s oppression of women” and gender apartheid in Afghanistan, demanding meaningful actions from the world.
On the fourth day of their hunger strike, Khaama Press News Agency interviewed Ms. Paryani. Their health condition was unsatisfactory due to the hunger strike on the fourth day, but they are determined to continue this planned twelve-day strike.
Ms Paryani, on the fourth day of the strike, told Khaama Press News Agency that the world has been unsuccessful in defending Afghan women’s rights. While women are fighting and sacrificing for their freedoms, the world has adopted a stance of engagement with the Taliban regime.
It is worth mentioning that Afghan women’s rights activists in Pakistan have also welcomed the women’s strike in Germany in a gathering. They have said that if the global community does not pay attention to the demands of Afghan women, they will expand this strike.
“Gender apartheid” and “sexual harassment” are two terms recently used in the United Nations Human Rights Council report on the situation of women in Afghanistan, and both are considered examples of crimes against humanity.