Prominent women’s rights activist in Afghanistan critically injured in targeted attack
Prominent Afghan women activist, Zarmina Nabizada, and one of her bodyguards were shot dead in an attack committed by unidentified assailants in the Ahma Shah Baba area of Kabul, on Sunday. According to police spokesman Khalid Zadran, Nabizada’s brother was injured in the attack, while her bodyguard was killed on the spot.
“We have started serious efforts to locate the criminals and bring them to justice,” Zadran told EFE. He refrained from giving additional information about the nature of the attack.
No identifiable group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. However, the Islamic State has claimed similar attacks against locals in the past.
Nabizada was one of few prominent political figures in the country who decided to stay during the Taliban’s rise in power. She was a passionate defender of her people, refusing to leave despite receiving multiple offers to do so.
“We have lost a diamond, but her legacy will live on. May she rest in peace,” lamented former Afghan parliamentarian Mariam Solaimankhil.
Since the fall of Kabul in 2021, women’s rights have faced increasing deterioration in the country. University and secondary school admission for women has been banned, femininity has been segregated in public spaces and women are unable to travel unaccompanied by a male family member.
This regression in women’s rights has seen a sharp increase in fundamentalism, putting an end to the progress gained in the preceeding years.