A resounding action by Afghan women against the Taliban: they shouted in unison #Don’t touch my dress!

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In recent days, social media posts have shown many Afghan women dressed in colorful traditional clothing.

Afghan women reveal the country’s colorful sartorial culture through labels such as # kıyafetimeDokunma and # AfghanistanKültür.

The campaign began after media coverage of women covering their entire bodies during a pro-Taliban march in Kabul.

A woman in a video of the action in question argued that modern makeup and clothing does not represent the Muslim Afghan woman. The same person said: “… we don’t want the rights of women outside, who are against Sharia law. he said.

At the same time, the image of female students, some of whom had their faces covered, at a university in Kabul received international media coverage.

Many Afghan women on social media are supporting a campaign that claims these images are incompatible with Afghan traditions. BBC’s Sodaba Haydari spoke to some of these women.

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Bahar Jalali, professor of ancient history at the American University of Afghanistan, who made the first post, also encouraged Afghan women to “show the true face of the country”.

When Bahar Celali is asked why she wants to take such action, she replies: “One of my biggest concerns is that the identity of Afghanistan is in danger”, and continues:

“I wanted to show the world that the clothes worn during the pro-Taliban march are not part of our culture and our identity.”

Spozhmay Maseed, a rights activist living in the United States, also said that the black burqa “has never been part of Afghan culture”.

A resounding action by Afghan women against the Taliban: they shouted in unison #Don't touch my clothes


Maseed argued that “modest and colorful women’s clothing” is the country’s traditional clothing.

Stating that the country had been a Muslim for hundreds of years and that their grandmothers also wore traditional clothing, Maseed said: “They would not wear the black burqa of the Arabs.

In a similar article, the person who said his family is from one of the most conservative parts of the country, argued that even here he had not seen women wearing black veils.

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Lima Halime Ahmed, 37-year-old research assistant, explains why she joined the campaign, saying: “I didn’t want our identity to be represented by a terrorist group”.

Ahmed says: “Our culture is not black… It is not black and white either. She is colorful and beautiful. There is art, craftsmanship and identity.

Lima Halime Ahmed, a researcher who has been working on women’s issues in Afghanistan for 20 years, recalls that women have a choice: “My mother had a long veil. Some preferred shorter ones. There was no sartorial pressure.

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A resounding action by Afghan women against the Taliban: they shouted in unison #Don't touch my clothes


“We want to show the world the beauty of our culture,” said journalist Malali Bashir, another campaign participant on Twitter.

The journalist living in Prague also explains that in the village where he grew up, the black burqa is not compulsory and men and women shake hands.

According to the new rules announced by the Taliban, women in universities will have to dress “in accordance with Islamic principles”.

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Abdul Baki Haqqani, Taliban official responsible for higher education, said that students are prohibited from studying together. Hakkani noted that female students are also required to cover, but he did not clarify the “veil requirement” debate.

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