The radical Taliban method to “protect” women from gender violence in Afghanistan

A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait to receive food rations distributed by a humanitarian group, on May 23, 2023, in Kabul. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File) (Ebrahim Noroozi/)

Taliban authorities send Afghan women to prison to protect them from gender violence, according to a United Nations report published Thursday.

Before the Taliban took control of the country in 2021, The country had 23 protection centers for women sponsored by the state that offered accommodation to survivors of gender violence. Now there is noneaccording to the UN report.

Officials in the government controlled by the insurgent group told the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan that such shelters were not necessary or were a Western concept.

The Taliban sends women to prison if they do not have male relatives to stay with or if they are considered unsafe, according to the report. Authorities have also asked male relatives to pledge or declare under oath that they will not harm a female relative, inviting local elders to serve as witnesses as collateral, she added.

A woman wearing a burqa during the Kabul evacuation in August 2021. MSGT.  DONALD R. ALLEN/US AIR / ZUMA PRESS / CONT
A woman wearing a burqa during the Kabul evacuation in August 2021. MSGT. DONALD R. ALLEN/US AIR / ZUMA PRESS / CONT (MSGT. DONALD R. ALLEN/US AIR //)

Women are imprisoned for their protection “just as prisons have been used to accommodate drug addicts or homeless people in Kabul”the report noted.

The Associated Press contacted Taliban-controlled ministries to find out where victims of gender violence can seek help, what protection measures are in place and the rate of convictions of attackers, but no one was available for comment.

Women and girls have been progressively confined to their homes since the Taliban came to power in August 2021. They cannot study beyond primary education and are prohibited from being present in public spaces such as parks and in most the jobs. They must be accompanied by a man on trips of more than 72 kilometers (45 miles), in addition to following a dress code.

In July, a Taliban decree ordered the closure of all beauty salons, one of the few places they could go beyond their homes or family environment.

Women are imprisoned for their protection “just as prisons have been used to accommodate drug addicts or the homeless in Kabul,” the report noted.  EFE/EPA/REHAN KHAN
Women are imprisoned for their protection “just as prisons have been used to accommodate drug addicts or the homeless in Kabul,” the report noted. EFE/EPA/REHAN KHAN (REHAN KHAN/)

But Afghanistan has been one of the worst places in the world to be born as a woman for years..

Millions of girls were out of school before the Taliban’s rise to government for cultural and other reasons. Child marriage, violence and abuse were widespread.

Rights groups warned that the Taliban government would allow violence against women and girls and decimate their legal protection.

According to the UN report, there are no longer women in the judiciary or in the security forces, they cannot deal with crimes of gender violence and they are only allowed to work when they are requested by male supervisors.

(with information from AP)

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