The War Against Women in Afghanistan: Is A Surge In Gender-Based Violence An Inevitable Consequence Of The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan?
West Point Press
U.S. President Joe Biden announced on April 14, 2021, that the U.S. military would exit Afghanistan by September 11—ending a 20-year occupation. Following the announcement, Afghan women worried that as soon as U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces left the country, they would become subject to extreme forms of gender-based violence and abuse. After the U.S. invasion, things improved for women on several counts. Thousands of girls barred from education under Taliban rule went to school. Women were allowed to join the workforce and earn a living after years of being confined to their homes. However, as soon as the president made his decision to end America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, Afghan women worried that all these gains would be lost and they would have to endure the same level of violence that they did in the 1990s when Afghanistan last fell into the Taliban’s hands.
Izza Malik studied Political Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. His major areas of interest are misinformation, democracy, and political mobilization, and he hopes to explore them more at the graduate school level.
Political Science and Security Studies
Malik, Izza. “The War Against Women in Afghanistan: Is A Surge In Gender-Based Violence An Inevitable Consequence Of The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan?” West Point Journal of Politics and Security 1, no. 2 (2023): 7-13.