a reply to: MOMof3
History of women's rights
Afghanistan had a relatively progressive attitude towards women and equality before the Soviet invasion and the subsequent emergence of the Taliban.
Afghan women were first given the vote in 1919 – only a year after women in Britain – and the country's first constitution in 1923 guaranteed
equal rights for both men and women. The strict dress code enforced in much of modern-day Afghanistan was non-existent for much of the 20th century,
and even female members of the royal family appeared in public without veils.
here's a timeline showing the progression, and restriction of women's rights in the country...
I am reading conflicting dates as to when women were first allowed to vote, but it's quite possible that they were given that right before the women
in the US were.
here's an interesting audio of a women speaker who has experienced the change from a more liberated afghanistan to the taliban rule, to the american
in afghanistan, the US wanted to remove the central power of the communist gov't, which with all it's downfalls did elevate women to pretty much full
equality with men at least in the major urban areas. our gov't reached out to the less urban, less developed areas where the central gov't was
trying to enforce itself onto them, with those elevated rights being part of the package. (sound familair yet?) those that the us gov't reached out
to, used religion to decry that elevation or women as a way of gaining the support the us needed to cause the conflict that would bring the Soviet
Union into the country and eventually cause the downfall of the soviet union...
or at least that is my understanding of history, with a few assumptions added in.
in reality, the koran seems to give far more rights to women than the bible does, and it certainly didn't justify the way the taliban treated women!
matter of fact, that kind of treatment went very much against what the koran taught!
they closed off the bath houses to women.
they insisted that they paint the windows of their homes black so no light could shine through.
they wanted them to go about silently if they had to venture outside their homes covered from head to toe, like ghosts.
and, because they closed the bath houses off, and the koran dictates the people bath before entering the mosques, they blocked the women from the holy
places... which the koran specifically tells them not to do!!! but well, in the christian bible, it just tells the women to obey the husband in all
things, which can lead to an "oh, if he doesn't want her to be in church, then maybe she shouldn't be here..."
I'm afraid I've gone a little off track here, so I am going to jump over to what I wanted to say...
think about the political state of the US today...
the majority in the big cities are predominately liberal dems, the more rural areas, the southern, more religious, south is more conservative
republican. and what I am so often hearing from the conservative republicans is their dislike for the central gov't preferring state (tribal??)
control instead, a return to "christain values", and a very anti-feminist stance..
gee, add in the destruction of a few decades of war killing off most of our men, and the poverty it would cause....
maybe we'd be in about the same place as they were? different god, different beliefs, but same state of affairs.