Female protesters on Saturday announced the launch of the Afghanistan Women’s Revolution in Kabul which aims to fight for basic human rights for people in Afghanistan particularly those of women.
One of the leaders, Donya Safi, told Amu TV that the goal of the movement and “this team is to secure the basic rights of citizens, particularly women, as access to basic rights is a serious need for the citizens. There was injustice and inequality against women, so we decided to establish this movement to fight it.”
Safi stated that the members of the movement started their gatherings and protests on December 3, 2022.
She said members of the movement are students, teachers, and a number of former government employees fighting for one goal and that is women’s rights.
Raising her concerns about the situation in Afghanistan, Safi stated that women have been “in a bad situation in the past one and half years” and that women are not allowed to leave home for their basic needs.
“During the republic, women played a significant role in all sectors (political, cultural, social), and their activities were very effective for society. A society cannot progress without the contribution of women. Half of society is made up of women, and it is essential to give rights to women. If women do not contribute to society, society will not progress. We see no woman are in the Taliban government and we see that the Taliban can not make any progress and even there is no unity among the Taliban,” she said.
Asked about the other women’s movements, and why there was a need for another one, Safi said: “We know that many movements have been established, the more these movements increase, the more they leave an impact on the enemy. If we limit ourselves to five or ten movements, this reveals our weakness. If we want to win against our enemy, we should create more movements by maintaining our unity and dependence in order to get better results from it. No matter how many movements are established, the goal must be one and that is to fight for the basic rights of citizens.”
Alia Mohammadi, a student who has been deprived of a university education and who is a member of the movement, said: “We are very happy that we established this movement today, and I consider myself lucky that I participated in the establishment of this revolution. I am sure that this revolution will give results because our demand is the demand of all Afghan women who are deprived of their basic rights, which are education, knowledge, and work.”
Mohammadi has also urged Afghan women to speak out against injustice and to raise their voices in various ways.
This comes amid ongoing restrictions against women, imposed by the Taliban after they took control of the country in August 2021.