struggle of women and the people of Afghanistan against Taliban, US Imperialism
and other reactionary forces.
The rapid political developments in
the last few weeks, particularly in the last few days in Afghanistan not only
shocked the people of Afghanistan but also shocked the people of the whole
world. Since the very start of the negotiations with Taliban, the green light
was given for the return of the Taliban to power.
During the process of so-called peace
negotiations, Taliban forces were using violence and horrific actions against schoolgirls,
hospitals and shopping markets, but American forces showed no action against
Twenty years ago, the imperialist US
and its allies occupied Afghanistan with bloodshed, Killing tens of thousands
and making hundreds of thousands of refugees, while promising women liberation
by abolishing the Taliban from political power. Today, however, they have
welcomed them to political power with a red carpet.
With the violent occupation of Afghanistan,
thousands of Afghan people were forced to become refugees in Pakistan, Iran,
Turkey and European countries. Today, tens of thousands of women with their
children, bare footed, are crossing deserts and mountains to reach neighbouring
countries in the hope of saving themselves from the barbarism of the Taliban.
Twenty years ago Afghan"s people paid
the cost of the United State"s strategical interests with their blood. And
today, they again pay the cost of the changing priorities and strategies of the
US, and the re-emergence of the Taliban"s return to power.
In the past few weeks, in the towns
and villages captured by Taliban, women have been killed just because they were
out on their own or for wearing high-heel shoes. Very young girls have been beaten
and forcefully taken from their homes and used as sex-slaves. These are just a
few events appearing on the news. History, once more, has proven that no
Imperialist power, in any part of world can or should be trusted in the fight
for women"s liberation.
Since the occupation of Afghanistan,
women have always been the main victims. And today, now the obstacles of both
US interests and it"s regional and local servants have been cleared, allowing
the Taliban once again a stranglehold on power, it will be women again who will
bear the blunt of the anti-women Islamic fundamentalist forces.
But today, the people of Afghanistan,
particularly women are not alone. Millions of Kurdish, Turks, Pakistani, Iranian,
Iraqi……women are on their side, because they have common goals and share the
same fate. Any violence against women in Afghanistan is violence against women
all over the world.
We call on all progressive forces,
activists, militant organisations and all freedom loving people to join us hand
in hand to be the voice of Afghanistani women against not just the Taliban and
other Islamic fundamentalists, but all the big powers nesting in Afghanistan!
8 March women’s organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)