Afghanistan: That’s how bad the situation is for women

Janina Bauer and Rebecca Spring

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen made a big promise to Afghanistan’s women on Monday: “You don’t have to be afraid,” he said in an interview with the BBC. Her life should go on normally, he also assured schooling. However, many people do not trust his words.

The pictures that are currently circulating on social media speak for themselves: In Kabul, men are painting over or tearing down billboards on which women can be seen uncovered for fear of the Islamists. The memories of the last Taliban rule in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 are too deep. At that time, women were not allowed to work or go to school. They were locked up at home – domestic and sexual violence were the order of the day.