The United States free Afghanistan in the early 21st century from the Taliban militia, who abused women and banned all forms of international culture, especially westernized culture. Today, Afghanistan works with NATO to improve their military against any attack of the Taliban and defend their people. However, Afghanistan’s culture has not changed. Recently, they dropped a law that protects women from unfair justices rooted to culture.
The new law allows women more freedoms, including the right to use contraceptives, the right to avoid a fornication case when a man rapes them, and the banning of the Baad or the buying and selling of women to settle disputes among men. However, the conservative political embodiment of Afghanistan shot it down, claiming that it allowed women to have sex outside of marriage.
Indeed, any culture greatly affects people’s definition of justice. For Afghanistan, Islam and their unfair cultural treatment against women is the true justice. Most legislatives said that the new law promoted western ideals, which were incompatible with Afghanistan’s culture, confirming that Afghanistan’s constitution and their sovereignty weighs heavily on Islam.
Culture and tradition greatly plays in most Middle Eastern countries. Afghanistan has 60 women lawmakers and some of them voted down the new law because it did disrupt the order that their tradition had given them.
While the universal law of equal rights between men and women and no person shall be treated as an object exists in the western world, a country heavily bound by culture could never understand anything that is not based on their belief.
This might also be that Afghanistan’s arrogance comes from sovereignty. Having their own culture and identity and opposing the “multicultural” and “globalized” society allows them to keep their practices in check.