Some women who fled to nearby shops were killed by the Taliban hunted and beaten with rifle butts. According to the AFP reporter, journalists who wanted to report on the first women’s demonstration in months were also beaten. The demonstrators demanded the right to work and political participation. They carried a banner that read “August 15 is a black day” – Monday marks the anniversary of the assumption of power by the Taliban for the first time.
Die Taliban had promised a more moderate form of Islamist rule than those they had practiced in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. But in the past twelve months, women’s rights, among other things, have again been massively curtailed.
Tens of thousands of girls have been excluded from secondary schools. Women are also no longer allowed to work in government offices. Separate visiting days for men and women have been introduced in the capital’s parks. In May, Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada also ordered women to cover themselves completely in public.
The SPÖ member of parliament and development spokeswoman Petra Bayr took stock of a year of Taliban rule in a broadcast on Saturday. For women in particular, the situation in Afghanistan is “unbearable”. “Basic human rights such as the right to paid work and education, to be able to move freely, to dress as one wants, freedom of expression, assembly and movement are absolute illusions and unattainable for women in Afghanistan,” wrote Bayr. The wearing of the burqa is enforced by the guardians of morals without exception with the utmost severity. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs has been replaced by the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice.