#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan Women Start An Online Campaign To Protest Taliban’s Burqa Order

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The Afghan women have launched an online campaign in response to the Taliban’s new dress rule for female students. A large number of Afghan women are posting images of their colorful traditional Afghan costumes on social media using hashtags like #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture to amplify their voices.

The women of Afghanistan have been under strict check ever since the Taliban came into power. They’ve had to run away from their homeland, quit their jobs, and seek shelter. Many of them have claimed that they did what they did because their lives were in danger. It is also worth mentioning here that the Afghan Taliban have mandated segregation between men and women in classrooms and ordained the female staff and students to wear hijabs as instructed by the Shariah law.

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On Saturday, images of a group of female students appeared on the internet where they were seen wearing black veils and burqas in the lecture hall of a government-run university in Kabul, waving flags against the Afghan Taliban to express their disapproval of the new rule.

Veiled students hold Taliban flags as they listen to a speaker before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

On the other hand, the rest of the supportive Afghan women took to social media to raise their voices against the mandate. They have been using specific hashtags to get more visibility on Twitter. #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture are two of the largely used hashtags in the ongoing online campaign.

Dr. Bahar Jalali, a historian and the founder of the first gender studies program in Afghanistan was the first one to launch the online campaign. Many others then joined her to support the cause.

“This is another traditional Afghan dress from a different part of Afghanistan. I was a teenager in this pic. We will not let our culture to be appropriated by those who want to erase us,” she wrote on Twitter.

Following her post, she encouraged other women to come forward to show the world the real face of Afghanistan. Many of them complied with her and shared their photos dressed in traditional Afghan dresses to highlight their homeland’s real culture.

One of the users posted a picture of a group of Afghan women to hit back at Taliban saying “this is the culture the Talibans are trying to hide,” and that they wll use their voice to fight back.


Traditional indeed.

BBC’s journalist for Afghanistan, Sodaba also took to Twitter to join Dr. Jalali in her online campaign.

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