The war on terror
After the 9/11 tragedy, when the US began bombing Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the oppression of Afghan women was used as a justification for invasion. Five weeks later America’s first lady, Laura Bush, stated triumphantly….
“Because of our recent military gains in much of Afghanistan, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes. The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”
But the reality shows a different picture. After the fall of the Taliban, the U.S reinstated many warlords from the former Northern Alliance into power. In doing so the US administration effectively replaced one fundamentalist, misogynist regime with another. There have in some cases been improvements for women in certain limited parts of the country. But in other areas, the incidence of rape and forced marriage is on the rise again, and most women continue to wear the burqa out of fear for their safety. In addition, a high civilian death toll as a result of the war has impacted heavily on women.
“Neither the U.S nor Jehadies nor the Taliban! Long live the struggle of independent and democratic forces in Afghanistan!”
- Statment from RAWA on the 7th Anniversary of the U.S invasion of Afghanistan. [October 7 2008]