What a person chooses or not to wear, is entirely their choice. And anything else, which even remotely reeks of imposition, is understood to operate from a place of patriarchy. In many cultures, people men and women are expected to cover up and dress modestly. But the events in Afghanistan have led to a global discourse on the state of women there, and whether or not they are being stripped of their choices.Ever since the Taliban-takeover of the country, Afghans living around the world have spoken out against them.
Women, especially, have been protesting the Talibans new hijab mandate in schools. On social media, they have been posting photos of themselves wearing colourful traditional dresses which are not hijab, in an effort to tell the world more about the glorious Afghan culture.A CNN report states that in recent days, Taliban has made it mandatory for a gender-based segregation inside classrooms. The group has said female students, lecturers and employees who continue to receive and impart education, must wear hijabs in accordance with the groups interpretation of Sharia law.
#Afghan women organised a seminar at #Kabul University to express their support for #Hijab, segregated education and the new #Taliban government in #Afghanistan.#AfghanWomenpic.twitter.com/SJ7gIijQL8 Zahid Akhtar (@ZahidDOAM) September 11, 2021In fact, a recent photo shared on social media has been called heartbreaking by many. It shows a group of female students covered head-to-toe in black robes, waving the Taliban flags in the lecture hall of a government-run university in Kabul, as if to show their solidarity.
It has led to some debate, with many netizens saying it is an effort to kill the culture of the country by oppressing women.They are all women! Wearing #burqa does not make women less of a human. There is nothing wrong if a woman willingly choose to dress like that. Majority of #Afghan women wear #hijab BUT their hijabs do not look like this. These women do not represent #Afghanwomen and culture. https://t.co/kLD3Di5Ctb Neela Hassan (@HassanNeela) September 12, 2021In response to this picture, many Afghan women have posted photos of themselves in bright traditional Afghan dresses which are in stark contrast to the black hijab mandate.
The CNN report states that it was one Bahar Jalali, a former faculty member of the American University of Afghanistan, who initiated this trend on Twitter, by first tweeting a picture of a woman in a black robe and veil, writing: No woman has ever dressed like this in the history of Afghanistan. This is utterly foreign and alien to Afghan culture. I posted my pic in the traditional Afghan dress to inform, educate, and dispel the misinformation that is being propagated by the Taliban.No woman has ever dressed like this in the history of Afghanistan.
This is utterly foreign and alien to Afghan culture. I posted my pic in the traditional Afghan dress to inform, educate, and dispel the misinformation that is being propagated by Taliban. https://t.co/jrp772jIKu Dr.
Bahar Jalali (@RoxanaBahar1) September 12, 2021This is Afghan culture. I am wearing a traditional Afghan dress. #AfghanistanCulturepic.twitter.com/DrRzgyXPvm Dr. Bahar Jalali (@RoxanaBahar1) September 12, 2021Inspired, other Afghan women followed suit, by sharing photos of themselves and showing the world what real Afghan culture is all about.
Afghan women have started online campaign to protest Talibans dress code. They post their photos with their traditional clothes and use #DoNotTouchMyClothes , #AfghanistanCulture and #AfghanWomen tags. pic.twitter.com/75EY5EYOMK sibghat ullah (@sibghat51539988) September 12, 2021This is my culture, this is my dress.
pic.twitter.com/p4AYaAYEiG Sonia Shinwari1 (@SoniaShinwari1) September 13, 2021This is my culture, this is my dress. pic.twitter.
com/hx59x6HIJD Shkula Zadran (@ShkulaZadran) September 13, 2021My rich and ancient Afghan culture is that of color and beauty. Thank you @RoxanaBahar1 for encouraging us to remind the world of it. #DoNotTouchMyClothes#AfghanistanCulture#AfghanWomen#AfghanFashion#Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/VZfcg5VWDa Best Dressed Afghan (@bestdressedafg) September 13, 2021This is the real #afghan culture the #taliban are trying to hide #AfghanistanCulture#DoNotTouchMyClothes#AfghanWomen#Afghanistan Thank you to @RoxanaBahar1 for inspiring this movement to show the world real #AfghanCulturepic.
twitter.com/9zMi6cLi4W Tamana Nasir (@tamana_nasir) September 14, 2021Ever since the swift takeover of the country by the Taliban last month, the state of the women there has been a cause of concern globally. The group is infamous for its draconian conditions and laws, which encourage lashing, beating, threatening and murdering of women who, in their opinion, stray from Islamic laws.For more lifestyle news, follow us onInstagram | Twitter | Facebook and dont miss out on the latest updates!