Organize, Resist and Fight the Women's War Against the Taliban
The Taliban stepped up efforts to establish a gender apartheid regime by reviving the pesky misogynistic policies that had made them notorious in the 1990s. The despicable Taliban Ministry of Morals and Virtues, established arrogantly but meaningfully and deliberately on the campus of the now-defunct Ministry of Women's Affairs, has ordered all women in the country to hide their faces in public and even avoid going out as "the best option to observe the sharia veiling."
On May 7, the notorious ministry announced a decree aimed at the complete eradication of women from public life, in a male-only action. The Emir states that “women who are not very young or very old should cover their faces.” The decree describes the burqa as "the best form of hijab", which allows women to be covered from head to toe and only allows the eyes to see through a small grille.
The Taliban have declared “obligation to abide by the decree” and, in a sinister plot, denies the humanity and agency of women by forcing their male “protectors” or employers to enforce the order. The decree warns that women who disobey the order will have their homes spotted and their male "guardians" will be warned first and then punished and imprisoned. In addition, women who work in the civil service and government institutions and who do not comply will be laid off. The decree announced that the government would suspend male employees if their female relatives did not comply.
This new brutal misogynist decree is the latest in a series of attacks on women's rights since the Taliban took power in August last year. They ordered the women to stay at home during their second week in power because their warriors had not been trained to respect them. Then, in September, they banned education for girls above the sixth grade. In December, they banned women from traveling without a male escort. Now, the new decree requiring all women to cover their faces will increase the pressure and deprive them of their personal and social identities and deny them their basic right to choose their clothes. These misogynistic policies are further intensifying Afghanistan's social and economic crisis. With 98 percent of the country's population starving, the Taliban placed the country's female population under house arrest and denied them their right to earn a living.
The core of the Taliban's ideology and politics drove them to hostility to the masses in the country. Their regimes lack any speck of legitimacy. No value is placed on the consent of the masses in the reactionary ideology of the Taliban, which claims to rule in the name of God. Their only management method is the use of pressure and brute force.
The Islamic Emirate of the Taliban is a textbook example of a weak and illegitimate political regime with a weak social base. It is not surprising that the question that their domination will not last long is the subject of debate everywhere. There is no doubt that the Taliban plague will disappear and collapse. But the real question is: Will the people of the country be able to determine their own political destiny? Because if they cannot form their own popular, revolutionary leadership and take responsibility for their social and political future, the collapse of the Taliban regime could lead to new social and political disasters. For more than forty years, the people of the country have suffered the barbarism that the imperialists, social-imperialists and reactionary Islamists have nurtured for them. This barbarism continues and may intensify if it is not met with organized reaction from the masses of the people. The people of Afghanistan will continue to suffer in the miserable hell of imperialism, reactionary Islamism and ethnonationalism, or they will organize and become masters of their destiny and move towards a progressive new democratic and socialist future.
As we have witnessed time and again, the Taliban's irrational hostility towards women is endless. But Afghan women have stood up bravely and continue to oppose the Taliban's inhumane policies with perseverance and determination in the face of heavy oppression and violence, a source of courage and hope for a better future. Therefore, communist and revolutionary forces must organize against the Taliban's war against women. Communist and revolutionary forces must strengthen their organization, agitation and propaganda among the masses of women to break up the Taliban's gender discrimination regime.
Our struggle in Afghanistan is part of the global struggle of the working masses for a better future. Therefore, we call on all democratic, progressive, workers and communist forces around the world to be in solidarity with the people's struggle in Afghanistan, especially with the women's struggle, and to support the fight against the normalization of the Taliban regime.
The Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan condemns the Taliban's insane misogyny and war against women. We are determined to fight and organize until the Taliban regime sinks into popular anger and overthrows patriarchy, semi-feudalism, bureaucratic capitalism and imperialism and makes the people masters of their destiny.
Down with patriarchy!
Down with the misogynistic theocracy of the Taliban!
Long live the new democratic and socialist revolution!
Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!
Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan
May 10 2022