Dec 12, 2013
Burqas Do Not Justify War
Posted on Aug 12, 2013
When the U.S. initially invaded Afghanistan, the terms “women’s rights” and “protection” were thrown around as justification for war. More than a decade later, it’s clear little has been done to promote women’s rights in Afghanistan, and the conditions created by military intervention have only worsened the prospects for equality. Not only does associating women’s rights with the “West” have detrimental effects on a community that is resistant toward its imperial invaders, but the war itself has wreaked havoc on the daily lives of women.
Feminist theorist Zillah Eisenstein writes in Al-Jazeera:
Peace is an essential component of an environment in which a women’s agenda can be effectively promoted. The Taliban and Afghan men cannot simply be dismissed as misogynistic patriarchs without taking into consideration how the U.S. military has contributed to the problems women face in Afghanistan.
As Eisenstein reminds us, “Women from across the globe demand their rights in their own form, and in other than western ways. ... Many Afghan feminists believe in the democratic promissory within Islam as it is articulated by women themselves.”
Besides, how can the U.S. presume to tell Afghan women how to assert their rights when there is still a long war to fight for such liberties at home?
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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