Afghanistan has no future without women

In December 2022, Afghanistan’s de facto ruler, the Taliban, banned women from entering public and private universities. According to reports, the decision was made because one of the schoolgirls did not follow the Taliban’s interpretation of Islamic dress and could not be related to her peers. Some articles from Neda Mohammad Nadeem, p.o. The higher education minister said the Taliban had also refused to license university courses to some women. According to an interview, ” Women study agriculture and engineering, but this doesn’t fit into the Afghan culture.  Women should study, but not in the areas of anti-Muslims and honors. of the Afghans.” , banned by the Taliban. prohibit the education of girls and thus women entirely from primary school. Later, the representative of the Ministry of Economy, Mr. Abdul Rahman Habib, said that women are also prohibited from working in local and international NGOs.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021, erasing gains made over the past two decades and ultimately removing women and girls from Afghanistan’s public life. Initially, the Taliban promised women that they would be able to “defend their rights under Sharia law,” including opportunities to work and study, but these promises turned out to be empty. As Angelina Jolie put it, “overnight, 14 million Afghan women and girls lost their right to high school or university, the right to work and the right to freedom of movement.” The absence of women in the Taliban government and the Ministry of Women effectively eliminated women’s right to participate in politics, with many women barred from working, having to wear face coverings in the country, said UN Women. in public places and must be accompanied by men when going to work.

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Women are prohibited from doing many jobs outside the home. One such ban, which will take effect at the end of 2021, allows women to do limited jobs such as education, health care and some police jobs that men cannot. According to the same advertisement, the only work women are allowed to do for the Kabul government is cleaning women’s restrooms. In fact, to date, women have not actually worked in public positions or other positions of responsibility. The government de facto abolished the Women’s Ministry, eventually stripping women of the right to participate in politics. Female judges, prosecutors and lawyers have fled the country or been marginalized, replaced by Taliban veterans and madrassa graduates with no legal training. Initially, the Taliban banned girls from grades 7 to 12 from studying until the new restrictions came into effect in December 2022. In fact, the authorities did not allow girls to return to secondary school, contrary to previous promises. This works after 1.1. Millions of Afghan girls.

The decision to ban women from universities contributed to the widespread suppression of women’s rights in Afghanistan and to their exclusion from the public eye. But women in Afghanistan are silent. The decision to ban women from attending universities sparked protests outside Kabul University and Nangarhar University in eastern Afghanistan. Medical students at Nangarhar University left the school in protest. In Herat, the Taliban are said to have dispersed a group of women protesting the ban with water cannons.

On December 25, 2022, several major international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Caring International, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children, announced that they were forced to cease operations. in Afghanistan after women were banned from working for them. . . The project was attacked by the Taliban because it could not continue without female workers.

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The Taliban continued to drive women and girls out of public places and lock them in their homes. Sooner or later, the Taliban will learn (the hard way) that Afghanistan has no future without women and girls. The international community must stand in solidarity with Afghan women and girls and ensure that the Taliban’s persecution of women and girls goes unpunished.