International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: A Spotlight on the Taliban’s Brutality Against Afghan Women 

On November 25, 2023, the world will once again observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day, designated by the United Nations, serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for women’s rights and the pervasive issue of gender-based violence worldwide. This year, the spotlight falls on Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s oppressive regime has escalated violence against women to alarming levels. The Taliban, an extremist group that seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, has a notorious history of oppressing women and denying them basic human rights. Under their rule, women are subjected to physical, sexual, and psychological violence. They are denied access to education, healthcare, and the right to work. Forced into early marriages, they are also victims of honor killings and other forms of violence. Since the Taliban’s takeover, reports suggest that violence against women in Afghanistan has significantly increased. Women are being beaten, raped, and killed with impunity. They are forced into marriages and denied their basic human rights. The international community has condemned the Taliban’s treatment of women, but the violence continues unabated. The Taliban’s oppressive regime starkly contrasts with the principles that the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women stands for. This day is not just about raising awareness about the violence women face globally, but also about taking action to end this violence. It is a day to stand up against oppression, fight for women’s rights, and remember those who have lost their lives to violence. The situation in Afghanistan is a grim reminder of the urgency and importance of this day. It underscores the need for the international community to not only condemn but also take concrete steps to end the violence perpetrated by the Taliban and other such groups. As we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, 2023, let us not forget the women of Afghanistan. Their plight should serve as a rallying cry for the world to unite in the fight against gender-based violence. It is a call to action for governments, organizations, and individuals to work towards a world where women are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. The fight against violence on women is far from over, but with collective action and unwavering commitment, a world free from violence against women is possible. On this day, let us reaffirm our commitment to this cause and pledge to do all we can to end violence against women in all its forms.
By Aisha , Active rights of women and children