On March 6 before International Women’s Day, dozens of Afghan men wore burqas while marching through the capital, Kabul, to support women’s rights. The group that organized this was the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
By doing this, it helped men understand how women feel walking around in burqas. Many of the men that are part of the group Afghan Peace Volunteers said that having to wear a burqa felt “like a prison.”
“Our authorities will be celebrating International Women’s Day in big hotels, but we wanted to take it to the streets, said an activist who goes by the name Basir. “One of the best ways to understand how women feel is to walk around and wear a burqa.”
Not only did they walk around in burqas, but they also held signs saying inspirational things about equality, such as “Don’t tell women what to wear. You should cover your eyes.”
Women in Afghanistan have been having problems with rights since the fall of the Taliban.
Dani Tynan, News Editor
Junior Dani Tynan is News Editor for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She plays varsity volleyball and softball, and participates in Operation Smiles.