The 8th of March, International Women’s Day, is celebrated all over the world, but in Afghanistan it is important only to few.

In some villages and provinces of Afghanistan people have never heard of this day. I think it is known mainly to educated women who have a higher status than most. The uneducated women may not even know they have a position in society or why they were created or why they live.

Unfortunately, in Afghanistan violence against women is too frequent. In some provinces the incidents of violence against women increase year after year.

One of the recent victims is a young woman named Sahar Gol, who has lost her mind and intellect after being locked in a bathroom for nearly six months and beaten. She was just fifteen and her in-laws were very brutal and tried to force her into prostitution. When she refused they locked her in a downstairs bathroom and beat her every day. She tried to escape. Now she is in the hospital. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law were caught by police, but her husband and father-in-law fled. 

Another teenager—Aisha—became deaf as a result of beatings. Aisha’s husband was a terrible man who always beat her. He was a Talib. Now he has also fled and escaped.

A magazine headline I read recently said only the educated women are free and from what I see this seems to be true.

What I wish is that someday violence against women will come to an end and women will become aware of their importance to society and be free to express their ideas and feelings.

 By Humaira