Afghan women are freely expressing themselves on Twitter Photograph:( Twitter )
Taliban has made it compulsory for women to wear burqas. There is a strong sentiment against this among Afghan women
What represents a 'proper' dress? That too for a woman? Common sense dictates that it is she who will decide that and no other. But unfortunately, every culture in the world has its fair share of men dictating what's good/ proper/ admissible/ allowed for women. The list is endless.
Taliban's return to power has seen its all-male government deciding what women should wear in public. They are acting as self-declared custodians of Afghan women and think they have all the rights to dictate terms. They want Afghan women to wear burqa.
And Afghan women are not taking any of this. They are expressing their freedom in a unique way. Dr Bahar Jalali, who started the first gender studies program in Afghanistan wore a traditional Afghan dress and boldly proclaimed "This is Afghan culture. I am wearing a traditional Afghan dress"
The tweet has gone viral and seems to have started a movement among Afghan women
Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi, head of Afghan service at DW News joined Dr Jalali and repeated the chant "This is Afghan culture"
The expression soon found resonance
So how do Afghan women dress then? They ask.— Sana Safi ثنا ساپۍ (@BBCSanaSafi) September 12, 2021
This is how. If I was in Afghanistan then I would have the scarf on my head. This is as “conservative” and “traditional” as I/you can get. https://t.co/4fjoSUuJZY pic.twitter.com/VkQLQoBXDy
This is Afghan culture. My traditional dress #AfghanWomen— Peymana Assad 🏔 (@Peymasad) September 12, 2021
Thank you to Dr @RoxanaBahar1 for the inspiration.
Our cultural attire is not the dementor outfits the Taliban have women wearing. pic.twitter.com/i9wFASfWR6
"...the black burqa has never been part of the Afghan culture"
When we talk about Afg clothing, we mean ds beautiful clothing that we have inherited from our elders for centuries.— Zarifa Ghafari (@Zarifa_Ghafari) September 12, 2021
We meant this beautiful Afg dress that we have always been supported by the Afghan community by wearing it & we have been accepted in every part of the territory. pic.twitter.com/qSETchvg1e
Afghan men raised their voice in support of these women as well
This is how Afghan girls/women dress,— Ehsanullah Karim (@KarimEhsanullah) September 12, 2021
The polar opposite of that radical Arab dress code for women.
In this picture it’s my sister Zent Jn in shine Laghman our lovely hometown🇦🇫 #Afghanistan #AfghanWomen #DoNotRecognizeTaliban @BBCYaldaHakim @BBCSanaSafi @Peymasad https://t.co/6Oq2D8ryCW pic.twitter.com/eOrIrTR5bi
Many men, pretending to be of 'open minded' sort, proudly proclaim that they let their sisters, wives do certain things. The question is, who put the men on this perch? Who are they to 'let' or 'allow' women to do anything? Who is anyone to dictate terms to anyone?
In today's Afghanistan sadly, these questions find limited resonance in the ruling class.