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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Koofi: Taliban Won't Share Power!

Joe:  what happens when the US “allows” the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. Koofi I think is careful with her words but I expect it will be right back to where it was before we got involved in a so called war that has lasted longer than WWII and Vietnam combined. Should we not pull out because the Taliban won’t share power with women? Probably not a compelling enough reason. Should we not pull out because the Taliban will come into power, a better reason since they will allow terrorist training and many other misdeeds. -Bob

Why the U.S. should not pull out of Afghanistan

A female parliamentarian says the Taliban would return to power and undo the gains in women's rights.

I do not believe the Taliban will share power or will participate in democracy. The Taliban have tried to assassinate me and other female MPs, liberal MPs, and any opponents of their ideology  Only a few weeks ago Taliban gunmen attacked my car. I was inside for 30 minutes not knowing if I would live or die. Three Afghan policemen were killed in the battle. Can I really be expected to believe a Taliban  representative would take a seat in parliament alongside me?

According to one United Nations estimate, nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from some sort of domestic abuse – some analysts believe that number may be even higher –  making Afghanistan one of the most dangerous places to be a woman. Nonetheless, small but important gains have made in women’s rights in the past ten years.

Today around  2.7 million girls are now in school, compared to just a few thousand during the time of the Taliban. In the new Afghan parliament, 27 per cent of MPs are female – far higher than the world average. Thousands of women now go out to work in offices, a few drive cars (although this is not common) and glamorous women wearing lipstick with shiny bouffant hair visible underneath their headscarves are once again seen on TV as news anchors and journalists (all female voices and faces were banned during Taliban time).  These women are role models to many young women in Afghanistan.

And of course women now have access to healthcare, in places where it is available. In the time of Taliban women were banned from visiting male doctors and female doctors were banned from practicing, effectively denying 50 per cent of the population any medical care whatsoever. In my view that was as good as attempted murder of a gender. Those who claimed to men of God had no respect for one of God’s greatest creations – women. By allowing the Taliban back as a legitimate force in government we would undo all of those gains and it would be a betrayal of Afghan women.

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