In January, Kamala Harris made history by becoming America’s first female vice president. Yet, while she has often championed women’s rights, Harris has grown strangely silent in recent days as women in Afghanistan face a miserably dangerous future under the Taliban’s rule.
Former senior Trump administration adviser Kellyanne Conway called out the vice president for suddenly vanishing and offering no comment on how Afghan women will fare under Taliban rule, Sky News reports.
Conway doubles down
According to the outlet, Conway lashed out at Harris and other female Democrats on social media this week while blaming them for the ongoing chaos in Afghanistan.
“Would love to hear from the ‘First Woman Vice President’ on how her reckless, naïve actions will cause most harm to Afghan women … and from the rest of the ‘pro-women’ ‘feminists,'” Conway tweeted.
Sky News pointed out that “despite the concern surrounding the plight of Afghanistan women, Vice President Harris has yet to comment.”
Woman already shot
USA Today quoted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as promising at a press conference on Tuesday that Afghanistan’s new government will work to protect the rights of women. However, Fox News reported that a woman was shot to death in Takhar province by Taliban fighters after she was caught in public without a head covering.
The network published a photo of the woman lying on the ground in a pool of blood as a group of people, said to be members of her family, huddled about.
Meanwhile, the Independent revealed that CNN reporter Clarissa Ward — who was quick to don a head covering after the Taliban re-entered Kabul — was ordered to step aside “because I’m a woman” while she was broadcasting from outside the presidential palace in Kabul.
“Stand to lose everything”
In a recently published piece from The Atlantic, photojournalist Lynsey Addario argued that Afghan women “stand to lose everything” now that the Taliban has returned to power.
In it, she recounted the horrifying stories that Afghan women relayed to her about life during the radical group’s first time in power during the late 1990s.
One woman recalled being beaten by Taliban members for trying to bring her daughter to town for medical treatment, while others spoke of similar forms of violence often carried out against women by Taliban savages.
“Like they don’t know why, but they are just trying to beat you, harm you, disrespect you,” one unnamed person reportedly said. “This is now [what] they enjoy.”