Afghan Women Protest in Response to Kabul Bombing.

A suicide attack killed 46 girls and women as they sat to take an exam at an education center in Kabul. Now women and men are protesting as a call to justice.
By Erin Pedersen
Afghan Women Protest in Response to Kabul Bombing Slide 1 (RFE_RL)

Action Against Gender-Based Violence?

In Kabul, a suicide attack occurred at the Kaaj education center, killing 53 people, 46 girls and women. The attack occurred while women sat for a practice exam during a time when the Taliban banned schools. (Source: United Nations)

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Zahra Mosawi, a university professor, said she was encouraged by the large turnout of protesters, including Afghan men, despite the Taliban's push to shut them down. “This is the first time that men stood by women. I am happy it might inspire other men to stand with the women of their provinces,” said Mosawi. (Source: Aljazeera)
Relatives and medical staff shift a wounded girl from an ambulance outside a hospital in Kabul on September 30, 2022, following a blast at a learning centre in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Afghanistan's capital. - A suicide bomb attack at a learning centre in the Afghan capital on September 30 killed 19 people as students prepared for university entrance exams, police said. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Kabul Bombing Slide 3 (Mohsen Karimi_AFP_Getty)
Mohsen Karimi/AFP/Getty

Women Rising Up.

Young women defied the Taliban’s ban on protesting by going to the streets to call for justice. Women chanted during protests, “Security is our right! Education is our right! Stop genocide!” (Source: CBS News)

The Government's Response.

Taliban forces locked many female students inside their dorm rooms to prevent them from joining protests. A protest in the capital of Kabul resulted in Taliban forces firing shots into the air to disperse protestors. (Source: CFR)

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Kabul Bombing Slide 4 (Bilal Guler_AA_Picture Alliance)
Srishti Bakshi Wins ‘Changemaker’ Award at UN slide 3 (source- UN SDG ACTION)
Source- UN SDG ACTION

Women Rising Up.

Young women defied the Taliban’s ban on protesting by going to the streets to call for justice. Women chanted during protests, “Security is our right! Education is our right! Stop genocide!” (Source: CBS News)

“Because of these attacks, many families don’t allow their daughters to take part in the university entrance exam. In which part of the world are girls and boys killed for the crime of seeking education?”

—Alizada Soraya, Gender Activist

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Kabul Bombing Slide 6 _ Quote (Omar Sobhani_Reuters)

Watch films related to this topic

Alone Against the Taliban

After 35 Years

Educate Our Daughters

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Make a Real Impact With This Quiz.

When you take this (very quick) 3-question quiz, an anonymous donor donates $2.50 on your behalf. Every 7 people taking this quiz funds a healthy meal for our Girls’ Voices Now participants.

2024 Girls Voices Now Summer Media Training Program applications are now open