AFGHANISTAN, Jan. 4 (Daily Outlook Afghanistan) - Of significant achievements that President Karzai government and the international community boasts of as result of the decade-long all-out efforts to change things in Afghanistan is the relatively improved human rights and new mechanisms and measures to promote and protect rights of women, children and vulnerable group. Beyond the controversial debates over changes that have affected women's life in Afghanistan, researches had expressed an optimistic view about women status in the post-Taliban Afghanistan.
According to research findings, women in Afghanistan have achieved real progress in areas such as political participation, the rule of law, and education since 2001, but these hard-won gains remain fragile. The promising statements on women status mainly come from a basic comparison between the overall human rights situation during the Taliban regime and under President Karzai leadership.
During their rule on Afghanistan in the 1990s, Taliban radical regime banned women from education and any social role. In their dogmatic interpretation of Islamic teachings, religion did not let women to study or work outside.
Soon after their collapse, millions of girls rushed to schools and universities. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under president Karzai boasted of providing them with opportunities to revive their human rights, improve their living conditions and play dynamic roles in social, political and economic processes.
Since then, women have enjoyed exercising their rights in all areas of life, the economy, politics, military, culture, education and social affairs. With the imminent withdrawal of international forces, there is a risk that the government may sacrifice women's rights in order to secure a political deal with the Taliban and other armed opposition groups.Â
Human rights organizations and women activists have seriously warned over obliteration of women's achievements through ongoing pacifying peace talks with Taliban and the premature withdrawal of international forces.
However, predicament of the women rights do not merely come from security threats or the probable recent deals with the Taliban, the initial steps of which are taken by opening the political office for anti-women-rights Taliban.
The long history of patriarchy in the country, intensified by the tribal view of women position, has contributed to the lasting violence against women. Lacking an egalitarian, human rights-based view of the women status will never let Afghan women realize their dream of involvement in politics, economics, societal and task environments based on their citizenship rights and status.Â
The current ephemeral generosity by Afghan men to let women take part in the previously male-dominated areas will never last long unless a profound change transforms Afghan social norms. Bulk of violence perpetrated against women, indications say, comes from inside families.Â
The irritating recent story of the fifteen-year-old Afghan girl who was rescued by police from her husband's house, where she had spent five months imprisoned in a toilet, explains the intensity of women worrying situation.