Dear sisters and comrades, accept my warm greetings and I warmly shake your hands

It is a great honor to attend this year conference at Autumn University of Podemos through zoom. I thank Podemos and all other organizers for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to talk about the current situation of women under the domination of the most brutal and misogynist regime of Taliban.

Pamela talked about the hate people show toward her….

I am totally agreeing with all other speakers who talked about the violence against women, it exists in its all forms at all levels and in all countries across the world. the capitalist and feudal systems always target women as an object. I can see Patriarchy in all societies whether it’s in Asia a country like Afghanistan or western developed countries

Well coming to the Afghanistan situation,

Exactly 20 years ago the U.S and NATO allies occupied Afghanistan under the banner of “fighting terrorism” and “liberation of women”  The 20  years of the military presence of the US and NATO marked as the darkest of our country’s history, marked with the massacre of hundreds and thousands of our people; empowerment of dangerous terrorist gangs; turning Afghanistan into the most corrupt country of the world with the highest production and trafficking of opium and heroin; looting of our untouched minerals; increment of the gap between the rich and poor; brutal oppression of women and misuse of their miseries; and countless other misfortunes. Their fight of terrorism was just a lie as they give back power to these terrorist Taliban.

The world thinks that U.S.A was defeated by the Taliban, but it should be clear that the US left Afghanistan out of its own weaknesses not defeated by its mercenaries Taliban. The main two reasons are: first because of its internal crisis and second the Afghan war was so expensive war in the history of the US whose cost had gone into trillions, and they could not afford anymore such huge military expenses. Now they just changed their colonial strategy. So, they changed one puppet regime with another.

In this chaotic situation I really don’t know from where to start and what to say as it is so painful for me as human being and as a woman to see how my people are suffering, how my country become a big prison for its women, how my country is going back to the medieval era. Everyone is scared, disappointed, terrified, and worried about their future. Its a country of ghost now, all schools, universities, shops, offices, restaurants are closed, rarely you can see woman on the streets, no sound of music, no colorful arts, even pictures of women on billboards are removed, it’s a black and white country.

Dear friends,

This is true that Taliban’s sudden and mysterious takeover of Kabul was of course a surprise for the whole world, but for us it was not of too much surprise as we witnessed how in one week city after city fell under their control of the Taliban without any resistance or fighting back, and on the hand, the deal made between the US and Taliban in Doha was clear that they will bring the Taliban back to power. By removing their name from its blacklist, opening an office for them in Qatar, releasing the Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo and releasing of 5000 killers and suicide bombers of Taliban from the Afghanistan prison was the obvious fact the planned to empower the Taliban and give them legitimacy. I am sure soon or later all these imperialist countries will recognize their regime as well The fall of the Ghani government in a week was the indication of being a puppet regime that without the support of its master US cannot remain and was not a popular government to have the support of masses.

The Taliban being the first enemy of women their first target was women, as was to be expected, Taliban had no hesitation in emplacing a systematic segregation or better to say gender apartheid as soon as they seized power; and their very first target was innocent school girls who were barred from going to school. And then they went after the female employees and women activists. then they barred women in sports, music, arts, higher education and finally from economic and political spheres. This all happened in this modern era; in front of our own eyes while the world is just watching them, or in a better case issuing statements.

Women are not the only victims of the medieval regime of the Taliban. The entire population is now at a high risk of starvation, unemployment, racial and ethnic discriminations. Hanging of four dead bodies from a crane in public is a clear indication of a barbaric regime, and a trademark of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate. While 97% of population is estimated to be living below the poverty line by next year under the Taliban rule based on the UNDP recent study, the rate of crime will proportionally increase, which would then make the Taliban to exercise such brutal punishments more frequently.

The world must understand that Afghan women have always borne the brunt of a tragedy created by 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, Daesh, Al-Qaida or Jihadis, 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 people particularly women have been going through in the past 4 decades.

Amidst of all the heart-wrenching news coming daily from Afghanistan, there is a different story to tell about Afghan women. The story of courage, the story of resistance and struggle.  Thousands of girls and women took the courage marching on streets across the country protesting the Taliban’s suppressive misogyny, which gave them a clear message that they will never daunt Afghan’s women’s struggle, no matter how brutal they could be. Taliban couldn’t tolerate and used whips to suppress the protesters. You know the protests are going on. When the teachers protested, demanding for opening of the schoolgirls, it ended up by firing and violence from the Taliban. Next day again several courageous teachers without any fear went on the streets with their placards demanding rights for education. Few days back a university lecturer with his whole family dressed up with coffin and denounce the current social and humanitarian crises. Such a display of courage and resistance by the Afghan people particularly women were a thorn in the eye of all Islamic fundamentalists. may well find out – sooner rather than later – these suppressing women is no longer met with silence and could lead to their downfall.

The country situation requires unity of all progressive forces against Taliban. It’s also a time that all the international progressive, left, and revolutionary forces should unit to denounce the criminal Taliban regime and put pressures on their governments not to recognize the Taliban government. Provide humanitarian support to the Afghan people, do any action in support of Afghan women and condemning the violence of Taliban against women, call upon International human rights organizations to document the crime of the Taliban and ask for a tribunal in the international court, Support education of girls at any level trough any means, any programs etc. We must be each other voice and together we can make this world a better place for everyone to live.