Ed note. Sameela is a native of Afghanistan and gender equality advocate currently residing in the UK. The sun beats down on the snow streaked peaks, the winding river and the neat, square compounds of sandstone. It lights up the valley, the mountains, the villages, and the two women whose bodies swing from nooses in a tree. This is Afghanistan.
'OPEN AND NAKED AGGRESSION' BY PAKISTAN BLOW TO UNITED NATIONS, AFGHANISTAN TELLS SECURITY COUNCIL
With female nudes, Afghan artist Kubra Khademi is breaking taboos
I n a televised address to troops in Virginia on Monday night, President Trump outlined his plan to recommit the US to war in Afghanistan. His speech marked a U-turn from his previous stance on Afghanistan. During his presidential campaign, Trump called for a military withdrawal from the country. So what helped to change his mind? According to the Washington Post , one of the ways national security adviser HR McMaster helped to convince Trump was to show him a black and white photo from of Afghan women in miniskirts walking through the streets of Kabul. Black and white photos of Afghan women in the 70s have consistently gone viral over the years.
Nude Paintings Rile Afghanistan, and Not Just the Taliban
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The reform will have important real-life consequences, making it easier for women to obtain education, health care, and passports and other documentation for their children, and to travel with their children. It will be especially significant for women who are widowed, divorced, separated, or dealing with abusive partners.
KABUL, Afghanistan — At first glance, the tastefully decorated rooms, embellished by dark wood floors and soft mood lighting, seem like an unlikely incubator of radicalism. The occupants of this space in one of Kabul's poshest neighborhoods wield master's degrees, not Kalashnikovs. Their weapons aren't bombs, but canvases painted with searing images of agony and frustration, as well as something else never before seen in public in this deeply conservative country: nude female bodies. This is Shamama Contemporary Arts Gallery, a female-owned commercial enterprise that represents a new front in the fight for women's rights in Afghanistan. Munera Yousefzada, the gallery's year-old founder, said she opened the space last year to give Afghan women a bold new voice.