Women'sday in Afghanistan

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Essay on the Women’s Day.         


 Woman, this delicate creature that has been under pressure of men and being used as a tool for the men’s passion has suffered this condition for hundreds of years, and could do nothing because of the masculinity that was dominant all around the world, and women were subordinate to men and had to do anything that men tell them. The best example of this cruelty against women is the one in Saudi Arabia around fourteen centuries ago, that men in the family would bury the newly born girls because they believed that girl is a sign of ignominy and they couldn’t stand having a girl in their family.  Another example is the Europe and the United States before nineties and the bad condition women had regarding their working environment, their social life and discrimination against them in any aspect of social life. “The end to all these sufferings was 1909 after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America for providing equal rights to women. The idea of allocating a day in the calendar for the women’s day was first proposed by the German socialist, Luise Ziets in an international conference in Copenhagen and 100 delegates from 17 countries that were all women agreed on this idea. At this time more than three hundred demonstrations were held in Austro-Hungarian Empire only” (Wikipedia).

Afghanistan is also one of those countries that masculinity was practiced there for thousands of years and women were forced to stay at home and were always under pressure of men in the family such as their husbands, brothers and fathers and their in-laws. A recent example is during Taliban regime that women were deprived from their basic rights like the right to go to school and learn, the right to go out for shopping and many others. But after collapse of Taliban and installation of the new government, women were given their rights and they can easily practice and claim their rights. Although still there are some discriminations against them, but we can see the important role of them in Afghanistan since we have many women that are delegates in the parliament, women in the cabinet of Afghanistan, women that are governor, and women in the National Assembly and Loye Jerga. The result of all those demonstrations and gatherings in Europe, Asia and United States was to have equal rights as men, removal of job discriminations in the working area and having the right to suffrage.

One of the most important things that women wanted to gain was to have equal rights as men in all aspects of social life in the society. They wanted to be able to work as men and don’t have to stay home, they wanted to earn money and cooperate with their men in order to take part in the family income and don’t have to stay home all day. Fortunately today a lot of women are able to go to universities, learn their favorite majors and get a job after their graduation in their field of study. Women want to choose their own life partner and not to be forced to marry someone they don’t know and have never had the chance to talk or share ideas with. One other thing they care about the most is their right to make an independent office that is owned by themselves. They want to run business offices and want to be involved in running their own business that shows their independence.

Women’s other concern regarding their rights was about removal of job discrimination in the working area. Discrimination is defined as “When you are treated differently because of your sex and when the different treatment negatively affects the terms or conditions of employment and it is illegal. Terms or conditions of employment include position, pay, and title, being hired or fired from a job, and advancement and training opportunities (equalrights.org). Women in nineties had many difficulties finding a job and if they could find one they were not treated as men. They were not paid as much as men for the same post, they didn’t have that much authority as men in their position

Although the women in Afghanistan have the right to work in offices and the government if they are qualified but their lives are being threaten by Taliban





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