Afghan women have been experienced different kinds of oppression by Taliban during the last 16 years. Women here barely have civil rights or freedom; they can’t talk with men and they have to cover their body and face all the time. What’s the worst, women in Afghan women are not allowed to get education and work positions.The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, tells the story of a young woman named Kamila Sidiqi, as she accepts those challenges and difficulties given by Taliban and the whole Afghan society, she finally become the soul of the family and support her family to live better and better while her father and brother were forced to escape from the city in order to keep Kamila and her family in a safe and scure condition. There’s no doubt that she is really good at transforming negative situations into positive outcomes. Kamila Sidiqi, experiences oppression by the Taliban; however, by the end, she successfully overcomes oppression by using autonomy, mastery and purpose elements from Motivation 3.0.
"Human rights are not a Western concept," says Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan human-rights commission, "but universal, and necessary for all human beings”(Goodman 17). In areas they controlled the Taliban issued edicts which forbade women from being educated, girls were forced to leave schools and colleges. Those who wished to leave their home to go shopping had to be accompanied by a male relative, and were required to wear the burqa, a traditional dress covering the entire body except for a small screen to see out of. Those who appeared to disobey were publicly beaten. There’s no doubt that many women in Afghan are suffering from the oppression and they can do nothing about it. There’s no such thing as human rights, and at this time, they really need a good role model or a spiritual leader to tell...
English IV AP
14 November 2012
Oppression in Afghanistan
In Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, he explores the oppression of women in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban through three women; Nana, Mariam and Laila. Women in Afghanistan are known to face far different and difficult situations in comparison to the treatment of women in the western part of the world. The rise of the Taliban has recently deprived most of Afghanistan’s women of many human and individual rights.
The Taliban take over caused Afghanistan’s “blossiming age” to come to an abrupt end. At first, Afghanistan believed the Taliban were saviors for their people. Many citizens assumed the Taliban would solve the problems they had been having with their current leader. The Taliban were treated like royalty, their people anxiously awaited their arrival "Let them come, I, for one, will shower them with rose petals" (Hosseini 275). Because the people of Afghanistan were so desperate for change they fully supported everything the Taliban was doing until new conformist laws were proposed. Most of these laws were strictly towards women: "You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home"...
...parahon called tunbun. They often wear a short vest or jacket over their shirt as well. The shoes recommended to wear can range from a variety of shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals, or even dress shoes. Afghan men also were a piece called a pato. A pato is a shawl like blanket
used for a number of purposes such as a cover for sleeping, a prayer rug, or a cover for their laps and feet while they are sitting down on the ground.
Men that live in Afghanistan also wear something on their head like the women but instead of a burqa the wear a cap or a turban. They wear these pieces daily. The caps that the men wear come in many different colors and patterns to set them apart in the many ethnic groups. Usually the young boys only wear caps while the older men wear caps or turbans. The cap that the men wear usually identifies their social class while there clothing does not. Men and women alike dress the way they do so that they can maintain a level of spirituality and modesty.
Another interesting piece about Afghanistan is the jewelry aspect of their everyday dress. Typically women are the only ones in the culture that really wear jewelry. They do not wear jewelry as a vanity statement piece they wear it to protect them. Afghan women usually wear jewelry based on what it means and what metal it is made out of. Sterling silver is one of the most popular metals to have because it means something very important. Sterling silver...
...group that governed according to a strict sharia law, ruled Afghanistan in 1996, women were gaining rights and access to things they had never before hoped or imagined for. Once the Taliban came to power, all of the progress that they had made in the years past spiraled backwards and women had no rights throughout the entire country. The Taliban stood by a strict form of the Sharia, or Islamic, law. The Taliban interpreted this form of government in a way that provided no rights for women. After the Taliban gained control of the capital, Kabul, in 1996, women throughout all areas of the country had restrictions on what they could and could not do. Women and girls were not allowed to be educated or employed; they had to wear burkahs, full-body coverings that left only a small mesh-covered opening for the eyes, and they were not allowed to leave their homes without the accompaniment of a close male relative, among many more rules and restrictions. After the United States invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of the Taliban in 2001, women in Kabul gained back a few rights, such as education and employment, but elsewhere in other cities and in the countryside, life is not so good. Because warlords now rule the land of the country outside of the capital, conditions today are scarily similar for women as to what they were when the Taliban ruled the country, and something needs to be done for the rights of women all over Afghanistan. This...
... My initial or immediate reaction to the lesson on race and ethnicity through our lecture, readings, individual and group participation was slightly surprising. I discovered I didn’t consider myself the same as society classified me. This discovery was actually rather frustrating. I don’t want to be known only as a 34-year-old, Caucasian, female. I don’t want to be aggregated or perceived as someone who is lumped into the same category as everyone else. I want to be perceived as I see myself, with all of the facets I consider to be what makes me who I am. I don’t want society to tell me who I am by forcing everyone into the same limited pre-made descriptions. I feel that we as individuals are losing our individualities by conforming to these “cookie cutter” classifications.
When I look at the choices we are given with which to classify ourselves, I think it is inadequate. A classification system that limits the answers to either one or the other in a dichotomizing way is not fair in my eyes. We all have more than one characteristic that deserves recognition. In essence, my reaction to a system that only allows one major choice to identify myself, is that it is not representative of reality. I was taught as a little girl how to “live and learn, and learn to live.” I believe that while I was using this tip to live by, I grew into the complex individual I am today. I cringe at the fact that in order to fit into a social group I have to eliminate aspects of...
The Buzkashi Tooi
The book “Buzkashi” Game in Power in Afghanistan is written by G. Whitney Azoy is introducing the Buzkashi game in Afghanistan in details, but in the third chapter of this book which is about the the Buzkashi Tooi, he describes that how this game is held in the local places. First he explains the word Tooi, rite of passage, and marriage. Then he argues that the buzkashi tooi is a Khan’s activities. According to him, Khans are those who have some kind of influence on the people of the village. He writes that the Buzkashi game has three major sections, preparation, festivities, and after math. As he writes Preparation to the Buzkashi Tooi is one of the problematic parts of the Buzkashi Tooi. It concern with material resources, such as the procurement of goods necessary, the cooking of foods, and readying the guest houses. Tooi-wala, who is the festival responsible, involves some consideration, such as himself, his closest associates, his relatives, and the hosts. These responsible people are mostly the Khans. Because the Khans are related to more people, so they need to spend more money to have a successful Tooi. They need to invite more people from far distance places. These festivals mostly occur in the Khan’s son’s marriage, because the Khan is the leader a village so hundreds of people are invited. In such festivals, Buzkashi happens, which raise the name of the Tooi-Wala. While festivities begin with...
...tell the camera the gore he
saw after the attack. These type of interviews make the person watching feel what the people at
the scene saw, which then makes the viewer feel hate for the people who did this. Your average
viewer will not think about the terrorist who did this but they will think about the Afgahn people
as the ones who caused this. The viewer will always think about that attack when ever they
meet anyone from Afgahnistan or even hear the word Afgahnistan. We need to really take
notice in the things we see and hear in our everyday lives and not let those things shape the way
we view other countries around the world. I would say i do agree with some of the things said
by the people i interviewed, I do think the oppression of woman in afgahnistan is wrong, But i
dont agree with statements such as that the country is full of religious fanatics with ak-47s, not
everyone in afgahnistan is willing to kill americans for there religion.
...Afghanistan is a country where survival is a fight. Poverty, diseases, poor health care, and
starvation is an everyday struggle in daily life. If you are an Afghan woman these issues
are compounded by the fact that women are seen as being objects. Women are not worth as
much as a man. Women in Afghanistan are seen as inferior. Women can be put to death for the
slightest insinuation of an insult to a man. These are just a few of the issues that the women and
girls of Afghanistan face every day. The sad fact of the matter is that a lot of the hate and
violence comes from male family members. Honor killings are allowed in Afghanistan.
A woman does not even have to do anything wrong to be killed. If there is any inclination that
the woman has embarrassed her family, she can be killed. Women in Afghanistan are very rarely
given medical treatment. There are so many obstacles that Afghan women face that the majority
of women here in the United States cannot even imagine. I know I cannot imagine being set
aside just because I could not bear a son or children. I do not want to even try to think of the
violence that these women face if they show any sign of disrespect. Afghan women are seen as
mindless broodmares. Not all men see them this way but the majority of the male population does.
Many men say that their religion teaches that women are not as smart as men and those women
...on everyone living there. The Taliban are a Muslim fundamentalist group that took control over the government from 1996 until 2001. They enforced many unrealistic rules that caused many hardships for men and women. Many countries have stepped in to try bringing peace to Afghanistan. The Taliban had control of over 90% of the population until countries came together to stop them. They now, only control about 54 percent, which is a big difference from earlier on. There is a lot of irreversible damage that has been done, affecting the way the country and the people live today. The entire population of Kabul is in a constant state of traumatisation from the actions of the Taliban. The Taliban have made life a living nightmare for practically all women. Everyone who has not been disturbed by the sickening actions of the Taliban has lost all morals and sense of their Islamic religion. The Taliban have turned the once peaceful land of Kabul, and all Afghanistan, into a perpetual terrorist warzone. The economy in Afghanistan was greatly affected by the Taliban. The rules they created caused many restrictions on jobs and the overall lifestyle of those living in Afghanistan. One of the biggest changes seen in Afghanistan is the effect the Taliban had on the economy. The Taliban have caused the economy to drop drastically and force many people into poverty.
The economy is greatly affected because of the...