The Afghan women’s rights protesters are leaders, journalists, mothers, lawyers, doctors, students, teachers, and sisters, united in the common pursuit of justice and equality for Afghan women and girls. Prior to the fall of the former government of Afghanistan, these women consistently and boldly proclaimed to the world that the Taliban would violently repress the rights of Afghan women and girls.
They were right.
Afghan women’s rights protesters rapidly mobilized in August 2021, refusing to recognize the brutal regime of the Taliban and calling on the international community to ensure Afghan women’s hard-won rights and freedoms were respected. A series of chats on social media gave rise to an unprecedented movement of change–women leading a courageous and peaceful resistance against one of the most brutal campaigns of terror against women and girls the world has ever seen. Despite the extraordinary risks they faced, the women’s rights protesters endured, suffering beatings, torture, arrest, and death threats–simply for wanting their basic rights to be respected.
And so are we.