› Afghanistan: When a song is not just a song29/Mar/2021
GILLIAN HOWELL SUSANNE SCHMEIDL JAWED NADER
A move to prohibit girls singing was met with a big backlash on social media – a sign of the times, old and new.
A recent ban on girls’ public singing has demonstrated the continuing struggle between modernising and conservative forces in Afghanistan. Speculation on social media suggested it might also be a sign of the government testing the public mood of what rights it is prepared to sacrifice in order to appease the Taliban as part of the ongoing ”peace” negotiations.
In a remarkable turn of events, a coordinated social media backlash led to a reversal a mere three days later by the Ministry of Education (MoE), which had issued the ban. The reaction showed a vibrant civil society that is quick to mobilise, ready to fight for the rights they cherish and willing to hold government to account. Read more...