Women’s rights in Afghanistan were majorly affected by the rule of the Taliban, a government group who stripped women of their human rights, established discriminating laws, and whose legacy still affects Afghan women today. The Taliban, a forceful political association against women’s rights, ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 (Hayes, Brunner, and Rowen). Predominantly, they believe in the religion of Islam, as do most Afghans, and that males are the dominant gender (Hayes, Brunner, and Rowen). They controlled Afghanistan under their “version” of the Islamic laws which many others did not agree with (Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls). The Taliban is composed of Afghan men of various ages who did not grow up in Afghanistan, therefore know little about their country’s culture (Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls).
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Before Taliban rule, women’s punishments were under the control of Afghan men and were considered reasonable. Afghanistan is divided by a strong division of gender roles. Gender division can be clearly seen by the way Afghan women are treated versus Afghan men. Women in Afghanistan have been under minded since before the Taliban dictatorship (Campaign for Afghan Women and Children.2014). As the Taliban slowly rose to power, women’s roles in the home and work place quickly began to change.