If you are a woman or girl in Afghanistan right now, your voice and freedoms are under attack.
The Taliban, a religious extremist group in Afghanistan, is slowly erasing the rights of women and girls in all parts of life. This war on women is so extreme that it may even count as a crime against humanity.
The Taliban is trying to erase women and girls' right to education, consent, work, resistance, independence and freedom and forcing them to live in the shadows of society.
But many women and girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and for their lives. They are boldly speaking out against the Taliban’s war on women, despite risk of arrest, torture, or worse.
Together, we must raise our voices to demand that the Taliban respect women’s and girls’human rights and listen to those who are raising their voices for a future.
Together, we can bring an end to the Taliban’s system of gender persecution. We can build pressure to hold the Taliban to account by ensuring that the voices of New Zealanders are added to those from around the world. Or as Afghan woman, Asal, says,
“It should be a collective fight, and we should all support each other. We need to help each other, educate each other, lift each other up, stand up for each other...”