Afghanistan’s Radical Ruling on Women’s Rights Featured

Afghanistan continues to be examined through the ubiquitous eye of the international media concerning the subject of women’s rights and historically, the American-led war on Al-Qaeda was conveniently switched, to a war to liberate the oppressed Muslim women of Afghanistan, when Al-Qaeda was dismantled. As part of the subject of women’s rights, which is more or less equated with - saving the oppressed Muslim women, various debates on issues like the wearing of the Burqa or Hijab (modest clothing), education for girls and arranged marriages continue to take place. With the recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Pakistani branch of the Taliban, because she was demanding education for girls, the plight of Muslim women has once again become the centre of media attention.

However, the bulk of these concerns, expressed by the Western press, is underpinned by political motives; hence the inconsistent media coverage provided on this issue. While Malala is given prime media coverage and adulation, Muslim women around the world continue to suffer on an extreme scale. However, this is barely mentioned. Take for example Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is still incarcerated in America, or the women facing the wrath of the Israeli forces in Gaza, or those suffering in Syria and Iraq. Many people rightly ask: why Malala did not speak out on such issues using her newfound authority, instead of confining her discussion to the single topic of education for girls in Afghanistan. Is this not evidence of her being manipulated as a political tool?

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Last modified on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 22:58

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