For over 50 years, the plight of Afghan women, being the most unfortunate victims of violence, has always been the hot topic for the international events, whether it was the International Women’s Day or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and yet, they continue to experience the worst forms of violence — honor killings, rape, beatings, lashings, imposed prostitution, acid attacks and forced marriage.

And it, therefore, does make sense when Afghan women question the efficacy of such events in lessening their misery. Mere statements of support or condemnation wouldn’t often yield tangible results unless followed by real actions.

Violence against women seems to have now become an accepted way of life in Afghanistan, where Islamic fundamentalism constitutes the dominated ideology of the ruling class, promoting misogynist ethos and policies. Upon seizing power in August, the Taliban regime instituted a system of gender apartheid effectively thrusting the women of Afghanistan into a state of house arrest, stripping women of all human rights – their work, visibility, opportunity for education, voice, healthcare, and mobility.

Are the Taliban the only misogynist monsters? Afghan still remember the brutal killing of Furkhanda. It happened in March 2015, not under the Taliban rule, in the ‘liberalized’ Afghanistan under the watch of the US and NATO forces and close to the palace of a ‘progressive’ President. The world must understand the U.S. and the Taliban have never been pitched on opposite sides. Taliban’s mysterious come back was the result of a heinous deal struck between them and the U.S. The West led by the U.S. invented these monsters for their own vested interests without thinking for a second what will happen to women once they are unleashed. Islamic fundamentalists of all brands, whether Taliban or Jihad<is, are the by-products of the U.S. policy in Afghanistan, and the U.S. government along with NATO must, therefore, be held accountable for the current tragedy, and all the miseries Afghan women have been going through in the past 4 decades.

Today, more than ever, it proves the veracity of this fact that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan had nothing to do with ‘liberating Afghan women’ and ‘destroying the terrorist sanctuaries’, the U.S in contrast used the Taliban as a pretext for occupying our war-ravaged homeland.