Afghan women rally, turning men red-faced with anger

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    Afghan women rally, turning men red-faced with anger
    KABUL – In any other country, the sight of a group of women holding colorful placards, marching and protesting is commonplace.
    But not in Afghanistan.
    In fact, a women’s protest on the streets of Kabul on Thursday was the first of its kind.
    On a hot, muggy day, about 30 women of all ages mustered up the courage to speak up against the age-old indignity of sexual harassment by men.
    With banners that read "This street also belongs to me" and "We won't stand insults anymore,” they marched with a confident stride from Kabul University to the Afghan Human Rights Institute.
    Women in Afghanistan face intimidation and sexual assault on a daily basis. In the most extreme cases, schoolgirls have been terrorized by men throwing acid at them as they walked to school.
    The United Nations Population Fund in Afghanistan (UNFPA) says that about 31 percent of Afghan women suffer physical violence and another 30 percent suffer from psychological trauma.

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    As the women left the back streets of Kabul and entered one the city’s busiest market streets, mouths were agape with incredulity (and I suspect possibly jealousy from under swiftly passing burkas). Red-faced angry men shouted insults and spat on the ground as they passed.
    As they walked across the Kabul River, the broiling heat of the day gave an extra aromatic pungency to the river’s fetid still waters.
    The women wrinkled their noses in disgust. A young woman protester who looked to be about 20 years old used her bright blue headscarf to wave the rotting smell away from my face.
    She turned to me, dropped her scarf to her shoulders and said, “This smell it is like Afghan man, yes.”​
     
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    But -- but we've been repeatedly assured that Muslim women are respected and treasured.

    Looks like Muslim women have different ideas.
     
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    According to United States Department of Justice document Criminal Victimization in the United States, there were overall 191,670 victims of rape or sexual assault reported in 2005

    1 of 6 U.S. women has experienced an attempted or completed rape. (according to Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

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    These 30 women are nothing short of heros.
     
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    Muslim women who get sexually harassed and raped can't come forward in Muslim countries because they will be the ones who get into trouble.
     
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    Absolutely.:clap2:
     
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    Hopefully the next one has 100 and the number grows :).
     
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    Oh no doubt, the sad thing is women in Afghanistan in the 60s and 70s had alot more freedom than they do now, after the war with the Soviets the influx of Islamic Militants totally fucked that society.

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    These women are far from being heroes.

    More than likely they are being paid by western troublemakers and anti-Islamic organizations.

    And do not reflect what the average afghan woman wants or believes. :doubt:
     
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    Why would Westerners pay Afghan women to stir up trouble? the women in Afghanistan have been heavily repressed for decades, thats no secret.
     

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