A protector, role model, and proud citizen being threatened by her own family and friends. Why would a high-profile police officer draw so much negativity to her country? Not because of her words, actions, or skills, but because she was a woman.
Lieutenant Islam Bibi was one of Afghanistan’s well-known police officers and became a face for women’s rights. Many people disapproved of Bibi’s career including her own father, sisters, and her brother who tried to kill her three times. Despite her family’s opposition, Bibi’s courageous acts led her to become the most senior officer serving in Helmand. Unfortunately, her life was cut short when the 37-year old mother of 3 was shot to death by a member of her own country.
It is truly horrible to see how female’s are being viewed and treated in different countries around the world. Although women are starting to gain the voice they deserve, they face the terrible repercussions. On Thursday, Taliban rebels in Helmand killed four girls in a bombing at a wedding targeting government officials who encourage women’s rights. When will this ever end? It’s hard to tell, but women such as Bibi have made powerful impacts on the advancement of women’s freedoms.
During the 1990s, Bibi was a refugee in Iran, and after the fall of the Taliban, she came back to Afghanistan in 2001 and joined the police force for two reasons: salary, and the love for her country. A woman with so much love for her country while being seen in a negative light by the people in her own country is truly a sad thing. She faced a battle every morning when she woke up and put on her uniform. Although she lived a short life, she will be remembered as a courageous leader who stood up for her rights and what she believed in, no matter what the consequences were. Bibi and the women before her have created a path for many for females to follow and stand up for women’s rights.