A woman wearing traditional Afghan costume holds up a large flag people as gather at Marble Arch ahead of a march in solidarity with the people of Afganistan, in central London on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 0 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_9LF7TP.jpg

Horrified by the Taliban’s strict dress codes for female students, an Afghanistan historian rallied women to share photos of themselves wearing traditional Afghan dresses.  

It’s a step the women are taking to preserve their Afghan culture and identity.  

Bahar Jalali, a former history professor at the American University in Afghanistan, started the #DoNotTouchMyClothes hashtag Saturday in response to seeing images of pro-Taliban protestors wearing black burqas.   

“I was deeply concerned because I don’t want the world to think that this is the true face of Afghanistan,” Jalali told USA TODAY in an interview. “I said look I have to do something.” 

After Jalali posted a photo of herself wearing a green traditional Afghan dress on Twitter, women all over the world started sharing photos of themselves wearing traditional and colorful Afghan clothing with the hashtags #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture. 

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