‘This is how we gown’: Afghan girls abroad pose in vibrant apparel

Afghan youth rights activist Wazhma Sayle says she was shocked to see {a photograph} on-line, apparently of girls wearing black all-enveloping niqabs and robes, staging an illustration in assist of the nation’s new Taliban rulers at Kabul University.

The 36-year-old, who relies in Sweden, later posted {a photograph} of herself on Twitter wearing a shiny inexperienced and silver gown captioned: “This is Afghan culture & how we dress! Anything less then this does not represent Afghan women!”

“It’s a fight for our identity,” Sayle stated in a phone interview. “I don’t want to be identified the way Taliban showed me, I cannot tolerate that. These clothes, when I wear them, speak for where I come from.”

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Other Afghan girls abroad have posted related footage, placing a chord in Kabul.

“At least they are able to tell the world that we, the women of Afghanistan, do not support the Taliban,” stated Fatima, a 22-year-old within the Afghan capital. “I cannot post such pictures or wear those kind of clothes here anymore. If I did, the Taliban would kill me.”

Many girls stated they believed the purported protest, which has appeared on social media and in Western media, was staged and that a number of individuals dressed within the head-to-toe black burqa robes had been males. Reuters has not verified the authenticity of the images.

“It is good our women (overseas) were able to protest about it,” stated Khatima, one other younger lady in Kabul. “The reality is, the burqa is not representative of women in Afghanistan.”

When the Taliban was in energy twenty years in the past, girls needed to cowl themselves from head to toe. Those who broke the rules generally suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban’s spiritual police.

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While the brand new Taliban regime has promised to permit girls extra freedoms, there have been reviews of girls being barred from going to work, and a few being overwhelmed in current weeks for protesting Taliban rule.

Universities have put in curtains inside school rooms to segregate women and men.

The on-line marketing campaign with hashtags reminiscent of #DoNotTouchMyGarments and #AfghanistanTradition started when US-based Afghan historian Bahar Jalali tweeted to criticise the black clothes worn by the college demonstrators.

“No woman has ever dressed like this in the history of Afghanistan. This is utterly foreign and alien to Afghan culture,” she stated.

Jalali then posted {a photograph} of herself in a inexperienced gown with the caption, “This is Afghan culture,” and urged others to publish too. Dozens of girls did.

“We don’t want the Taliban to dictate what Afghan women are,” stated Lema Afzal, a 25-year-old Afghan pupil in Belgium.

Afzal, born in Afghanistan below the primary Taliban rule that lasted from 1996 to 2001, stated she was horrified when she noticed the image of the black-clad demonstrators.

Her mom had worn the lengthy blue burqa robes pressured upon girls on the time and located it arduous to breathe or see from below them, she stated.

“The picture made me worried that history is repeating itself. My mom’s family didn’t cover their heads at all in the 70s and 80s, when it was fancy to be wearing mini skirts in Afghanistan.”

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