The Taliban's War Against Women and Children
Now that the Taliban regime is in retreat across much of Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan, especially women, are rejoicing. Afghan women know, through hard experience, what the rest of the world is discovering:
The brutal oppression of women is a central goal of the terrorists.
Laura Bush, Nov. 17 Radio Address
" We may come from different backgrounds and faiths
- but parents the world over love our children. We respect our mothers, our sisters and daughters.
Fighting brutality against women and children is not the expression of a specific culture; it is the acceptance of our common humanity - a commitment shared by people of good will on every continent."
Before the Taliban regime took power, Afghan
women were protected by law, had important freedoms and
were active participants in society:
1977, women comprised more than 15 percent of
Afghanistan's highest legislative body;
the early 1990s women comprised 70 percent of
Women made up 50 percent of government workers;
percent of doctors in Kabul were women. Then came the
Taliban and their destruction of the family.
The Taliban quickly became one of the world's
most brutal regimes and leading perpetrators of human
rights abuses. The Taliban regime has especially
targeted Afghan women and children, taking away their
basic freedoms, splintering their families, putting
their lives at risk, and relegating them to poverty. For
example, the Taliban:
Forbid the schooling for girls over the age of
down the women's university;
Banned women from working (stripping a society in
desperate need of trained professionals of half its
Restricted access to medical care for
Brutally enforced a restrictive dress code;
Forbade women from moving about their communities
women for laughing out loud.
Islam has a tradition of protecting the rights of women and children, and supporting the family. Muslims around the world have condemned the brutal degradation of women and children by the Taliban regime. The poverty, poor health, and illiteracy that the terrorists and the Taliban have imposed on women in Afghanistan do not conform with the treatment of women in most of the Islamic world, where women make important contributions in their societies.
State Department Report on Women and Girls in
The Administration supports a broadly-based and representative post-Taliban
government that protects its citizens and preserves
basic human rights for women and children.