The female councillors that make up Fingal County Council’s Women’s Caucus are standing with the women of Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s seizure of power in Kabul, writes Rachel Cunningham.
The Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus, Councillor Karen Power, said: “We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. There is a lot of uncertainty on how the situation is going to evolve, however, women have the most at stake with the removal of democratic government processes.
“We stand with our sisters in Afghanistan, who, like all Afghan people, deserve to live safely and with dignity. The only difference between us, is that we can live safely and to our full potential because of the lottery of birth.”
During the Taliban’s previously rule in Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, women were prohibited from working or attending school, were required to be accompanied by a male relative outside the home and to ensure that their faces were fully covered. Women who went against the Taliban in this timeframe suffered humiliation and public beatings.
While the Taliban has promised to respect women’s rights within the limits of Islam, many remain concerned. Reports have already surfaced of Afghan women being forced to marry fighters and being publicly flogged.
“While news cycles tend to move on, the Caucus will not be forgetting the women and girls of Afghanistan and will continue to keep a focus on the country. The world is watching, and the Women’s Caucus encourages everyone to spread awareness, start conversations and donate when you can,” concluded Councillor Power.
PHOTO – Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus, Councillor Karen Power