For the second time in six months, the head of Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs office has been killed.
Najia Sediqi was shot by two men on a motorcycle. In July, her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, was killed by a car bomb.
Apparently, local attitudes are not always favorable to women in these positions. Many of the women who work as heads of women’s affairs in local areas and provinces can be targets of not only censure, but murder too.
Locals seem certain that the Taliban is responsible in both cases, since they know that killing women gets so much attention, and they can’t stand the idea of women holding positions of power.
I can’t help but notice similarities between these murders and the femicide described in Italy elsewhere on this blog. The very root of the problem is obvious – a desperate fear these men hold of losing power to women, a fear so intense it drives them to kill.