As We Leave Afghanistan, Do Not Lose Women And Girls

With foreign troops and ambassadors fleeing Afghanistan and humanitarian aid shrinking, Afghan women are facing increasing health problems, education, and violence including attacks on women and girls. Some of these terrorists have been reported by Islamic State; for others they do not know who is responsible.

Even the Taliban’s view of women’s rights is more unchanged, countries leaving Afghanistan do not show any concern for the dark future it has left for women and girls.

In my life, American concern for Afghan women has been higher and higher than in the Hindu Kush. In the 1980’s, a photograph of an Afghan girl with dark brown eyes adorned the cover of National Geographic magazine. While in a refugee camp, she did not realize that her picture was heartbreaking for a girl who had been deported as a result of the civil war and the Soviet uprising.

After the Soviet withdrawal, the United States looked away, and Afghanistan plunged into a guerrilla war in which thousands of people were killed and women were raped by the military.

In the late 90’s, pictures of Afghan women weeping under the Taliban bearded bandits were launched. female sympathy from Hollywood in DC. But it was not until 9/11 that the liberating power helped justify participation in the American war in dollars and troops. In our home, we prayed that this care would bring relief to their afflicted homeland.

I write grit-inspired articles with the courage of Afghan women who have shown when they are experiencing the pain of conflict. Since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women have not spent a single second in the afternoon reviving their lives and strengthening their rights. Schoolgirls in Kabul told me that they dreamed of becoming teachers, doctors, and pilots. Today, women serve in many governmental capacities, such as legislators, ministers, and diplomats.

The number of girls in school grew steadily until 2015, when corruption, reduced support, and increased risk reduced the number. Many complete their education. Women and artists (graffiti, fashion, singers, andsingers) and traders, feeding the local economy and their families. During the epidemic, Afghan award winner girls robotic group made cheap ventilators.

Maternal and infant mortality is low. Life expectancy has increased. International support has been very helpful and positive.

But in anticipation of the departure of the international military, humanitarian aid has dwindled. A recent report by Human Rights Watch on access to contraceptives states that at the 2020 conference in Geneva, Afghanistan’s 2021-2024 international pledges dropped to 20 percent compared to the previous four years.

Toward the end of April, the State Department ordered the mass exodus of unwanted people from Kabul. The announcement came after the announcement that the United States would withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11. An unnamed State Department official “repair” of the American diplomatic alliance.

On May 25, Australia announced the closure of his ambassador to Kabul in four days. According to Associated Press, several other ambassadors have ordered the evacuees to leave Kabul and advise citizens not to travel to Afghanistan. The UK government has asked a group of organizations working in Afghanistan to help identify British nationals in the country, so that they can identify those who may need to flee in an emergency.

The Afghan Women Human Rights Watch respondents shared the barriers they face in accessing treatment – funding, insecurity, lack of support and facilities. Hospitals have fewer staff members and rural hospitals have been non-existent or non-existent for a long time. One mother explained that she spent many hours working as a midwife on a blockade road in a closed street. Hospitals and clinics have been monitored by all those who fight, which makes access to essential care a priority. The worst of these was the dangerous invasion of a waiting area led by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Attacks on women, leaders, and the media have intensified. I met Zarifa Ghafari, the mayor of Maidan Shahr town in central Afghanistan, on his 2020 trip to Washington to receive the State Department. Courageous Women Worldwide reward. A few months later, bullets flew out of his car window. Although unharmed, only a month later his father was shot dead in front of his house.

I often hear women’s rights activists in Afghanistan reaffirm their commitment to fighting for their rights even at the risk of their own lives, despite the fears of motorcycles passing through their homes. Although the world is passing away, we cannot imagine it. Fighting for the future of Afghanistan will result in more casualties, evict more families, shorten their contract period, and save the baby life on the first birthday. The number of people struggling with disabilities and mental illnesses will increase.

In the past, the plight of Afghan women has helped justify participation in war. Let us embrace a new approach and allow the achievements of Afghan women over the past 20 years to strengthen life-saving assistance. Let’s not look away.

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Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician and best-selling author with books for adults and teens. She is a member of the US Afghan Women’s Council, the Afghan American Foundation, and a women’s rights advocate in Afghanistan.
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