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I started an organization dedicated to helping women in Mazar-e-Sharif four years ago because I wanted to become a valid member of society.
“The impact of the Taliban has a long shadow. Yes, some things have improved but violence against women has increased. People lived in such poverty then and the violence we have now is a hangover of those days.”
Our society doesn’t understand what ‘rights for women’ means or what equality is so before that is implemented, people’s minds have to change first. Some international organizations don’t realize how conservative our culture is. To tell women they have rights, you need to understand that women here have always been thought of as property not as an individual. To give them so-called rights, exposes them to being thought of as shameful.
I myself had to persuade my family to let me work outside the home and they only let me because I support the household but even our neighbors and relatives say that I am a bad woman and immoral. Lack of awareness about their rights is a big problem for afghan women. I know some women whose parents allow them to work but as soon as they are married, their husbands’ family forbid it. Only about 5% of women have gained anything in the last 13 years. In the villages nothing has changed for women — they don’t know what rights mean. I’m not hopeful about the country. I actually want to find a scholarship to work abroad. It’s useless trying to work here or trying to change people’s perceptions of women and I want to leave.
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