‘Where is my name?’ Afghan ladies look for appropriate to character
KABUL (Web Desk) – A web-based social networking effort requesting that Afghan men allude to their spouses by their own particular name in broad daylight is picking up footing in the profoundly male centric nation.
It is normal in Afghanistan for ladies to be referred to just as the “spouse of” or “little girl of” somebody. Regularly their names are precluded from wedding welcomes and even headstones.
Be that as it may, an online battle called #WhereIsMyName, began as of late by a gathering of youthful Afghan ladies, is testing the hundreds of years old custom and looking to spread mindfulness about the privilege to personality.
“I joined in light of the fact that I truly need to see change. I’m burnt out on the way that in the 21st century we are living in a medieval century,” 26-year-old Tahmina Arian told AFP.
The development began in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat toward the beginning of July when a modest bunch of ladies posted remarks and photographs on Facebook and Twitter utilizing the hashtag #WhereIsMyName.
Many others the nation over soon took after, including men who composed the names of their spouses. Afghan famous people have likewise upheld the battle which is accepting critical broadcast appointment on nearby news channels.
A week ago the development held its first open occasion in the capital Kabul. It was gone to by many ladies. An administration serve and a few researchers made discourses.
“We have together to break an unthinkable. We need our ladies to think about their essential ideal to be called by their own particular name, to have their own personality,” said Arian, who composed the social occasion.
Sabira Madady, a 20-year-old understudy, once needed to more than once request that an instructor call her by her name in class. And, after its all said and done he would just utilize her family name so as not to “recognize her to young men”, she said.
“When somebody calls me by another name I feel so terrible, similar to I am not an individual. Society considers me to be having a place with another person,” Madady told AFP.
In some provincial zones, where there is little training, men are known to try and utilize a solitary term, generally interpreted as “dark headed”, to allude to ladies.
For rights activists the name issue is proof of ladies’ status as peons – the property of men in a misanthropic culture.
“In the event that a lady knows her name then she has a thought regarding herself and what she needs. However, in the event that she just knows herself through the eyes of her better half or sibling then everything is anticipated her,” said Arian.
The custom is established in Afghan tribal culture, as per sociologists. A man can lose respect if his significant other is known by her name, they say.
“The custom has been continuing for a considerable length of time. Our general public is ultra-moderate and Afghan men can feel disgrace on the off chance that they call a lady by her name,” Mohammad Amir Kamawal, an educator of sociologies at Kabul University, told AFP, declining to accuse religion.
“No place does the Quran specify that ladies ought not be called by their names. Preservationist mullahs have misjudged a few verses,” he included.
The battle got a lift when immensely mainstream Afghan artist Farhad Darya posted a photograph of himself and his better half online nearby both their names.
Be that as it may, there has likewise been a lot of negative criticism.
“It’s smarter to state, ‘Where is my hijab instead of where is my name? May God never make ladies indecent,” kept in touch with one web-based social networking client.
Another blamed the battle for “misdirecting Afghan ladies” and attempting to transform them into Westerners.
Arian said the activists had even been called “whores”. She concedes they have gone out on a limb in standing up however stay resolved to help “every Afghan lady”.
Spreading the message isn’t simple however. Just a small part of ladies approach the web while huge territories are blocked off because of the 16-year-long Taliban revolt.
“It will take a very long time to change the propensity,” said Kamawal, the humanist.