Female Afghan Parliamentarians Openly Being Harassed and Threatened


It’s no surprise really. Karzai only occasionally tipped his hat to women’s rights because he knew it was the sort of thing the Yankee Infidels cared about.

With Obama’s withdrawal approaching, he no longer cares about pleasing America since he knows that the US will cut him off sooner or later. The people he does care about pleasing are Muslim clerics and Taliban warlords who are not big fans of feminism.

Afghanistan is reverting to what it was all along. A tribal Muslim society in which women have no rights.

It takes a lot to rattle Shukria Barakzai, a staunch defender of women’s rights and one of more than 20 very outspoken women members of parliament in Afghanistan.

But even though she’s run two successful parliamentary campaigns and has taken on conservative members of Afghan society, she is shocked by how easily some male members of parliament are now publicly threatening their female counterparts in the middle of parliamentary meetings.

“A (male) member of parliament stood up in our general meeting yesterday and said parliament is not a place for women, your time is up here, you must not pursue this fight for women’s rights,” says Ms. Barakzai.

For many of the Afghan women leaders, dealing with sexism and discrimination isn’t anything new. But women’s rights activists say that male parliamentarians have recently intensified a war of words inside parliament. It’s a war that many Afghan women worry echoes a greater issue in society and could reverse public tolerance and support for women’s rights.

“I’ve noticed the rhetoric around women’s issues has changed, and conservative members of society and parliament are once again feeling safe to verbally attack women publicly,” says Barakzai. “The Afghan government isn’t doing anything about these kinds of public threats and attacks on women. It is almost as if they agree with the conservatives.”

The actions of the male parliamentarians are just one of many reminders to Barakzai and other women here that as the international security forces, foreign diplomats, and advocacy organizations prepare to leave the country in 2014, Afghan women will be left without a key source of support.

Correction. They will be left with no support at all except infusions of cash from Western NGO’s. And if the Islamists are smart, they’ll set up Brotherhood type Islamic women’s groups that will siphon off that money as well.

  • ElizabethMC

    It’s unimaginable the way women are treated in these countries. But we can’t go to war about it, and sanctions don’t work.
    Get out while you can, ladies.

  • tanstaafl

    The misogyny of Islam dates back to its founder, the pedophile, Mohammad.

  • fistdeyuma

    The problem is that they really believe what they say. That will not stop Obama from claiming he supports women rights, just like Karzai. To him the right to kill babies is all “women’s rights” are about.

    • OfficialPro

      well, yeah, because the radical Left is basically a rehash of the old cult of Molech/Chemosh, where sacrificing one’s infants was a “good thing”. They firmly insist that once a woman has “full control” of her reproductive capacity (hence the right to kill babies), then she is fully emancipated. Then they make fun of pro-Lifers’ objections that abortion causes a variety of ills (and then you hear stuff that isn’t quite true but is meant to discourage abortions–that’s why they call Pro-Lifers “Pro-Liars”. I mean really, I agree that abortion is bad, but using bad or misstated facts is NOT a good way to get the point across). But above all they like to pretend that the whole anti-abortion movement is simply a big conspiracy to throw women back into the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. To them, pregnancy is slavery.

  • OfficialPro

    Here’s your war on women, right there.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Karzai only occasionally tipped his hat to women’s rights because he knew it was the sort of thing the Yankee Infidels cared about.

    That’s exactly right. It was taqiyya to dupe the American infidels. As soon as the USA pulls out, everything will return back to normal, i.e., to the way it was before. Which is what happens when the American useful idiot infidels acquiesce exactly as they did in Iraq as well to enshrining Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, into their respective constitutions as the supreme law of the land. Meanwhile, Republicans go on pretending like Iraq and Afghanistan were somehow victories until Obama came along and screwed everything up. Instead of accepting reality, which is Afghanistan and Iraq are the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history, as they were both preordained to fail because they were based on false premises and idiotic myths about Islam and Muslims. Indeed, false premises and idiotic myths which are still very alive and well today because no one can accept reality.