When nations fail to protect their women, not allowing them to take on a full role in the everyday life of society, the nations themselves fail, according to a story by The Economist, comparing examples from Afghanistan under the Taliban and then after the US invasion in 2001, when women’s rights were restored.
Afghanistan faces a human rights crisis of enormous proportions as a generation of females grew up in relative safety and freedom, attending schools all the way through university and taking on roles in the Parliament and in the business world of Afghanistan.
Now, all that has been thrown into question as females are separated from males in universities and some militants openly call for females to remain at home at all times.
Female enrollment in school rocketed from 0% to 80% after Western takeover
No one in Afghanistan under the age of 20 remembers the horrors of the first Taliban rule of the country, when women were hounded in public by the religious police, sometimes being beaten with switches for supposed infractions of the religious law that was the law of the country at that time.