Kvinnebevegelsen og det internasjonale samfunnet har protestert over hele verden. I Kabul protesterte flere hundre kvinner mot loven mens de ble pepret av steiner fra mannlige studenter. The Guardian meldte at dette var første gang afghanske kvinner protesterte i gatene og dermed krevde politisk innflytelse i den aghanske offentligheten.
Despite being called a prostitute and a bitch by furious madrasa students, Shinkai Karokhail, one of Afghanistan's 68 MPs with seats constitutionally reserved for women, described what happened on Wednesday morning as "a wonderful occasion".Presteskapet rykket selvsagt ut i fullt alarmberedskap og ba menn holde sine kvinner hjemme (!). Men demonstrasjonen fant sted likevel.
"It was the first time in the history of Afghanistan that women were aware of their rights," she said. "It was a fantastic statement that women will demand equal rights."
[...]a young woman called Adila. She lives in a large Shia neighbourhood on the outskirts of Kabul and was enraged by what she saw as an attempt to stop her going to the protest the following morning.CNN skriver nå at Karzai vil trekke de kvinnefiendtlige punktene fra loven, som følge av politisk press.
"He had no right to tell us what to do - these are our rights. I knew that this was my responsibility to go to the gathering," she said.