Statement #3 – January 26, 2023
Don’t let more protesting women be killed and imprisoned

Mursal Nabizada, a women’s rights activist and former member of the Afghan Parliament

Mursal Nabizada, a women’s rights activist and former member of the Afghan Parliament, was killed and her 17-year-old brother was wounded by “unknown” gunmen at her home in Kabul on January 15, 2023. After the Taliban returned to power in August 2021 and the Afghan parliament was dissolved, she quit and lived in Kabul. She criticized the misogynist, anti-science, anti-civil liberties policies of the religious Taliban regime. She supported the spontaneous movement of Afghan women who fight for education, work, freedom and women’s rights. Before her death, Ms. Nabizada had raised her concerns several times with her friends and some national and international organizations defending women’s rights regarding security threats to her life. But unfortunately, no human rights organization and no country claiming to defend human rights and women’s rights did not help Ms. Nabizada in time until she was finally killed.

Mursal was 32 years old and was from the eastern province of Nangarhar. Before being elected to the Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan (Afghan Parliament), she was the head teacher of a school and always participated in social activities.

After the Taliban came to power and adopted a misogynistic and vengeful policy against educated and intellectual women of Afghanistan, the intelligence of the Taliban under the name of “unknown persons” killed dozens of women and imprisoned and tortured hundreds of others.On the one hand, the Taliban want girls to grow up illiterate by closing the gates of schools and educational centers for girls, and by banning girls from studying in universities, they deprive women and girls of higher education. On the other hand, women who are highly educated and who understand and defend their rights are killed by the Taliban to eliminate any resistance to their rule. According to their specific religious beliefs, the Taliban deny the human identity of women and do not consider them entitled to any human and civil rights.

“Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Women” strongly condemns the innocent murder of Mursal Nabizada and holds the misogynistic Taliban regime responsible for it. Because the Taliban’s systematic exclusion of women from various social fields, which means promoting violence and formalizing sexual apartheid against women, has caused an increase in violence against women at the level of families and society.

“Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Women” calls on women’s rights organizations, human rights organizations and progressive forces of the world to support the brave struggle of Afghan women and girls against the theocratic and misogynistic regime. We should not be more spectators of killing, torturing and imprisoning women by the Taliban. Currently, hundreds of intellectual women protesting the policies of the Taliban are hiding due to security threats from the Taliban, and they may face the fate of Mursal Nabizada at any moment. They need your help and immediate action today, tomorrow may be too late.

Spontaneous Movement of Afghan women

January 18, 2023

Kabul, Afghanistan

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