#DoNotTouchMyClothes trends on Twitter as Afghan women celebrate traditional attire and speak up against the Taliban prescribed dress code

Afghan women protest the new rules and regulations under the Taliban government.

Recently, the newly established Taliban government has been making many noticeable changes in Afghanistan. According to reports, an all-male interim government has been announced for the country.

Afghanistan’s Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani also declared that Afghani universities will now be segregated and veils will be made mandatory for all female students.

Several pro-Taliban Afghanis alsobelieve that Afghan women wearing make-up and modern clothes do not represent Muslim Afghan women.

Under the predominant Taliban rule, Afghan women are determined to speak up against injustice and biased beliefs. The female residents of Afghanistan are resisting the changes that are favoring men only.

The first order of this resistance is the dress code of Afghan women. Reacting to enforcing of what Afghan women may or may not wear, they have started an online campaign using the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes to challenge the Taliban’s conservative female clothing rules.

The campaign features many Afghan women sharing pictures of their colorful traditional dresses on Twitter. Dr. Bahar Jalali, a former history professor at the American University in Afghanistan, initiated the dress campaign.

Using hashtags #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture to reclaim Afghan women’s traditional clothes, Jalali posted a picture of herself on the social platform in a green Afghan dress. She said:

This is Afghan culture. I am wearing a traditional Afghan dress.

In another tweet, Dr. Bahar Jalali talked about the women who wore long, fully veiled black gowns, covering their faces and hands at the pro-Taliban rally and said:

No woman has ever dressed like this in the history of Afghanistan. This is utterly foreign and alien to Afghan culture. I posted my pic in the traditional Afghan dress to inform, educate, and dispel the misinformation propagated by the Taliban.

Following in her footsteps, several other Afghan women took to Twitter and started sharing pictures of themselves in traditional Afghan attire.

Here are some of the most popular tweets of the campaign:


While the campaign is going full speed ahead on social media, the Taliban government has not issued a statement on the matter. Only time will tell whether the social uprising compels the new Afghanistan government to change policies in favor of women.

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