Women's Rights Violations in Afghanistan Essay

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Women's Rights Violations in Afghanistan
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” It means that without equality, there is no real end to a conflict. Equality is one of the many human rights every person is entitled to. It is never acceptable to deny people their basic human rights; however, this has occurred frequently throughout history. A wide variety of groups have been discriminated against through violations of human rights, but women have faced this hardship the most. Times have changed, and many women now possess their deserved human rights, but others are less fortunate. In the book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, human rights violations
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Under Taliban rule, they were not even allowed to leave the house without a man. This caused some families to dress their daughters as boys to benefit the family. This way, the girls and the mother could legally leave the house without the father having to escort them. This made things much easier for the mother to meet her husband's expectations. Also, education was “off-limits to women during the Taliban's five-year rule” (Nemtsova). The abuse against women continued to spin out of control during the span of Taliban rule.
It was not always like this for women in Afghanistan, though. During the 1920’s when King Amanullah ruled, arranged marriage, child marriage, and polygamy were all banned. He also opened schools specifically for women. Throughout his rule, he “advocated against…gender segregation” (Cortright and Persinger). Most men, however, were not pleased with the idea of equality and quickly removed Amanullah from the throne.
After the king's removal, women were once again valued less than men, but not to the extremes that occurred once the Taliban took over in 1996. Instantly, women were completely banned from seeking an education. Forced marriages were taken to an entirely new level when young girls had to marry men more than three times their age. Studies show that “fifty-four percent of Afghan girls under the age of eighteen [were] married” (United Nations). One bride that was forced into marriage

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