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8th march requires special attention

Among international occasions, due to women’s global situation, 8th of March requires particular attention and usually the Afghans show special decline to celebrate this day. Apparently this interest is due to change of mentalities particularly among youth to women. The media specially social networks are full of users messages who celebrate Afghan women and congratulate them 8th of March.
These messages are more rotating on the pivot of respecting women as (mother, spouse). The emotional aspect of these looks to women are outstanding in these messages but it is not clear what do they mean of these respectations to women. In human society, we should respect everybody indiscriminately.
These youth and middle aged may mean to avoid violence against women. In the last four years, the Supreme Court has tackled over 7000 cases of violences against women most of them abuses. For sure we can say that its part of violence against women. Many cases have not been tackled in one hand and several others have not been reported to police by victims and their families on the other.
Congratulatory messages on the occasion of 8th March don’t focus on all problems of Afghan women. One of the peculiarities of these messages is emphasize on women’s positive and constructive aspects. No doubt we need this part.Women are underestimated than men in Afghan society.
The culture of celebration of 8th march should not be restricted to appreciation of women efforts, talents and gains.Like western countries, Afghanistan is not in a position in which other issues related to women lack immediate importance. Touching the Afghan women and girls achievements and efforts is valuable at all but due to plenty of their problems, real and profound discussions should take place on the occasion of 8th March. Presenting a batch of flower, expressing sincere and emotional words could be a cover on a bitter reality too: “Afghan society doesn’t want to discuss women’s basic problems”.
In no report and list of progress and improvement of women living conditions, Afghanistan has a positive position. Usually in international reports, Afghanistan has been addressed as a worst place for women.Even domestic reports narrate increasing violence against women. In its 2018 report, AIHRC clarified that violence against women has increased by 20pc than 2017.Violence is not the only problem of Afghan women.
Deprivation and violation of women rights in family and society are other outstanding cases. The country’s economic, political and administrative structures mainly occupied by men.
One reason is this that in Afghan family and society the ideal role for women is still staying inside home. Irrespective of their gender, people like women to undertake more family responsibilities. Even in libral families, this burden is double on women. In such families women are free to work outside home but it doesn’t mean that they should escape from their moral responsibilities including cooking, taking care of children and elders and family planning. The women with capability of simultaneous working inside and outside home, are more appreciated by public.
Due to acknowledging double role and not complaining these women are known to paitienfulness and laboriousness.
In Afghan society, homework is considered without economic value, regular and non-serious. Men spent huge amounts of money for arrangement and cleaning of their offices, companies and shops and consider homeworks valueless. Men are seldom able to arrange and clean their room and often consider it boring but at the same time imagine that as their natural job, women perform home affairs well as energetically and enthusiastically.
Women access to find a job is not guaranteed. According to AICARCS, 27 pc of government employees are women. No data is available on private sector.
Afghanistan male-based structure has naturally made women dependent to male-dominated families. In these families men talk first. In some of those families, maybe there are powerful mothers but final decision on most issues including destiny of children is at the authority of the family’s father.
Women housekeeping has grabbed their political, financial and occupational opportunities and made their position vulnerable in society. Under the impact of male-dominated legal and political structures, the government is also not capable to protect them. The government law is also affected by socio-cultural realities of the country.
The government rulers are not ready to involve themselves with more powerful sections of society to defend a strata.
Absence of women in main and key political-economic structures has made them vulnerable against violence, deprivation, violation of their rights and freedoms.
The Kabul Times

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