Afghan women rebelling against the strict dress code of the Taliban

Following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, new concerns have emerged about the freedoms of women and girls. In recent weeks, Afghan women both inside and outside the country have been participating in a campaign on social media to protest the new Taliban dress code for female students.

They have been sharing photos of themselves wearing colorful traditional Afghan clothing using the hashtags #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture.

While the Taliban have only said that female students should observe the hijab, without elaborating, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul on September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of garments. from head to toe. .

We spoke with two Afghan women who told us more about the dress code of the Taliban and the women who fight it on the streets and online.

London-based Homira Rezai is an activist for the rights of the Hazara people, an ethnic minority in Afghanistan. She says traditional clothing and garments are an important tool for people from more than 14 ethnic groups in Afghanistan to express their identities.

Neda (not her real name) is a women’s rights activist still in Afghanistan and she spoke to us anonymously. She says that the black robes that cover the face and hands worn by some female Taliban sympathizers are much more extreme than the blue chadori, which was the norm during the previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001.

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