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The Need to Take a Leap; Turning Challenges into Opportunities

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Muhammad Jawad
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The Strength of Afghan Women: Fighting for Identity against Gender Apartheid

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The Afghan Woman: From Marginality to Central Role

Women's identity in Afghan society has always been a matter of substantial prominence through the past century. From Amanullah Khan's era to today, women's rights and societal presence have continually been at the forefront of government policy. The journey of women, while under the tight confines of their male counterparts and a patriarchal culture, has remained largely in the shadows. However, in the past two years, these women have emerged to not only challenge the decisions of their rulers but launch a defiant stand against one of the most oppressive regimes globally. Facing the brutal onslaught of the Taliban's violence - imprisonment, torture, even death - these women have remained unyielding, channeling the challenge of their times into a hopeful discourse for change.

Fighting on Multiple Fronts

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A resistance against the Taliban is one of several battles for these women. They fight on multiple fronts within the intricate tapestry of traditions and customs that makes up Afghanistan's patriarchal society. The principal battleground remains within their homes, where they fight to win their rights before openly confronting the Taliban regime. Their fight against tradition and for their rightful place in society has been a touchstone of their resilience, establishing them as a formidable force for change.

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The Dynamic Struggle and Its Political Impact

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Through their struggle, women have become the primary catalysts behind the political isolation that has troubled the Taliban regime extensively over the past two years. Their fortitude challenges the Taliban's aim for international legitimacy while underscoring their influential role in this stage of Afghanistan's history. If Afghan women continue to maintain this effective role, it will not only weaken the Taliban but also gradually effect long-term changes against gender inequality.

Amplifying Women's Voices in a Troubled Land

Documenting women's experiences and offering them substantial support may encourage more women to join the ongoing movement. Amid their struggles, women still manage to raise their voices and challenge global institutions such as the United Nations. Focusing this campaign on the Taliban's gender apartheid practices is critical and timely. Raising this issue within the United Nations can unify all anti-Taliban factions, compelling the UN to label the Taliban regime as a gender apartheid authority.

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The Apartheid Narrative and the Taliban Regime

The apartheid system was a systematic, targeted, and comprehensive deprivation of rights based on race. In a similar vein, it can be posited that ethnicity-based systematic, targeted, and extended discrimination may be classified as gender apartheid. In the past two years, there have been numerous instances where the Taliban have issued specific restrictions on women. Labeling the Taliban as a gender apartheid regime within the United Nations will unify efforts aimed at removing the Taliban's hold on Afghanistan.

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Sharper Focus Means Stronger Resistance

Although scattered criticisms occasionally target women's protests in Afghanistan, suggesting that their activities are disorganized, a common objective to fight the gender apartheid under the Taliban can guide women's activities both inside and outside Afghanistan, thus enhancing their impact. This aspiration has the potential to generate substantial international support, elevating the struggle of Afghan women from merely seeking aid or opposing the Taliban regime to a proactive and affirmative stage. Realigning collective focus towards opposing the gender apartheid under the Taliban marks a monumental stride forward.

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