Globalization Reaction 8

Globalization Reaction 8 - Taliban, Osama &...

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Nakul Shah October 7, 2010 The role feminism plays in the war on terror is evident in many aspects of the conflict. Organizations within Afghanistan have developed to support the plight of women under the oppressive Taliban regime. Movements such as that of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, organize around the principle of equality and the furthering of basic human rights to all citizens. According to Aftershock , “RAWA runs clandestine home based schools for girls and boys in Afghanistan, operates underground mobile health teams in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and organizes income-generating projects for Afghan women.” RAWA is directly opposed to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and has formed connections with the United States. Transnational civil societies in the United States have reached out to RAWA, leading to close networking between the people of the United States and RAWA, but further opposition toward the United States government. RAWA believes that “the
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Unformatted text preview: Taliban, Osama & Co., and other fundamentalist bands in Afghanistan are creatures of myopic US policies vis--vis the Afghan war of resistance against Soviet aggression. The question then arises, what has happened to women in Afghanistan? Once the Taliban came into power and eliminated the basic human rights of women, people fled in the thousands to neighboring nations. While the men stayed to fight, women went with their children to crowded and unsanitary refugee camps in nations such as Pakistan to live in shanty villages and try to make a living. While many became addicted to drugs as they scrounged for food in the garbage, other turned to prostitution. As the Northern Alliance moved into Afghanistan, rape became a weapon of war, leaving women with no place to turn for sanctuary. Strict fundamentalism brought about the demise of Afghanistan, which is closely associated with the plight of feminism....
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