Women's Day: The Afghan woman who wished she wore an iron underwear

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Kabul, March 8: Afghan performance artiste Kubra Khademi wore an armour suit on the streets to protest herself against the harassment, a Gulf News report said on Saturday. [Women's Day Special: Akash Missile System propelled by BEL's women power]

Her eight-minute protest programme was not well-received and now her life is under threat. But the 27-year-old woman is not prepared to let it go without a fight.


According to the report, Khademi was only four when she was first molested on the street, by a stranger. What was worse, it was Khademi who had found herself at the receiving end after she screamed for help. Since that experience, she wished that her underwear was made of iron.

This is not the first time that Khademi presented a performance to protest the ill-treatment of women. In 2013, she presented a performance at a gallery in Kabul in which she kept on slapping both sides of her face for almost an hour to symbolise her country's tolerance of violence.

She then performed with the armour suit on February 26. Prior to that, Khademi had interviewed a number of women about sex, sexuality and identity, the report said.

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