The Afghan women who have been bravely standing up to the cover-head-to-toe diktat of the Taliban have taken the internet by storm through their campaign #DoNotTouchMyClothes in which they flaunt their colourful and rich traditional attires,
This campaign is in response to the recent show of solidarity by a group of women in black burqas and covered head to toe for the Taliban.
The show of solidarity by these women whose faces were covered evoked hilarious response on social media with netizens wondering if they were actually women.
However, it triggered an online campaign by the Afghan women who posted pictures of the traditional Afghan dresses to convey this is who we are.
this is what an afghan woman looks like. this is our culture. this is our traditional dress. we love lots of colour. even our rice is colourful and so is our flag.— Sodaba سودابه (@SodabaH) September 12, 2021
Inspo @RoxanaBahar1 🇦🇫 pic.twitter.com/cj3FxfzROT
This is my culture, this is my dress. 🇦🇫 pic.twitter.com/hx59x6HIJD— Shkula Zadran (@ShkulaZadran) September 13, 2021
Afghan women have started online campaign to protest Taliban's dress code. They post their photos with their traditional clothes and use #DoNotTouchMyClothes , #AfghanistanCulture and #AfghanWomen tags. pic.twitter.com/75EY5EYOMK— sibghat ullah (@sibghat51539988) September 12, 2021
So how do Afghan women dress then? They ask.— Sana Safi ثنا ساپۍ (@BBCSanaSafi) September 12, 2021
This is how. If I was in Afghanistan then I would have the scarf on my head. This is as “conservative” and “traditional” as I/you can get. https://t.co/4fjoSUuJZY pic.twitter.com/VkQLQoBXDy
This type of stitching runs through a few generations of the women in my family. You’d see fabric in bright green and blue, with henna visible on every fingertip. Our traditions were our foundation.— Sara Wahedi (@SaraWahedi) September 12, 2021
This is Afghan culture. pic.twitter.com/s3BaJekRPP
This poignant photo is the work of an Afghan artist named Shamsia Hassani, 33 years old, Afghan graffiti artist and teacher at Kabul University If we share, we will be giving her a voice and all Afghan women who are living in hell. pic.twitter.com/imNEhaoYGJ— Elly Wright 💙🕷 #InLimbo #The5Million (@ellywrightart) September 11, 2021
I wear my traditional Afghan dress proudly.— Tahmina Aziz (@tahmina_aziz) September 12, 2021
It's colourful and beautiful.
Not at all like the images you saw circulating yesterday.
Thank you @RoxanaBahar1 who's encouraging us #AfghanWomen to share the beauty of #AfghanistanCulture. pic.twitter.com/OAyNhku78l
This my traditional Hazaragi dress, my mom and grandma's have always been wearing of these colourful dresses. With all due respect to every human being's choice to wear whatever they feel comfortable with, a full black hijab doesn't represent all Afghan women. pic.twitter.com/J0nPNUEthy— Fereshta Abbasi (@FereshtaAbbasi) September 12, 2021
Love seeing so many #Afghan women posting photos wearing colourful clothes in response to the black garments at #Kabul university yesterday. Here are a few more. #colorsofafghanistan pic.twitter.com/AaR7j3JLgl— Stefanie Glinski (@stephglinski) September 12, 2021
When we talk about Afg clothing, we mean ds beautiful clothing that we have inherited from our elders for centuries.— Zarifa Ghafari (@Zarifa_Ghafari) September 12, 2021
We meant this beautiful Afg dress that we have always been supported by the Afghan community by wearing it & we have been accepted in every part of the territory. pic.twitter.com/qSETchvg1e
Bright colours of Hazaragi culture in Bamyan. Proud people share smile and love. Everyone has unique identity. pic.twitter.com/TBe3OBK7bg— Muzafar Ali (@MuzafAli) September 12, 2021
So how do Afghan women dress then? They ask.— Tahmina Tomyris (@TahminaTomyris) September 12, 2021
This is how. If I was in Afghanistan then I would have the scarf on my head. This is as “conservative” and “traditional” as I/you can get.
By Sana Safi https://t.co/N6Jssp860V pic.twitter.com/qa898U8TOY
While many are posting colorful pictures in Afghan costumes, few are posting pictures of the shops with traditional wear with a hope that they'll last.
Some even posted pictures of women in a musical concert saying that women of Afghan are musicians, poets,writers and freedom fighters.
These are the women of Afghanistan. They are musicians, they are poets, they are writers, they are freedom fighters. pic.twitter.com/4R1Yxm4bYe— Nargis Azaryun (@Nargisazaryun) September 12, 2021
The twitterati is strongly condemning the black burqa and full neqab attires that is nowadays being imposed upon the women of Afghanistan.