The Taliban set up a new Virtue Ministry in the building that until recently housed the Women’s Affairs Department. The ministry in the capital, Kabul, must ensure “the spread of virtue and the prevention of sin.”
International news agencies wrote that the building had been evacuated earlier today; The World Bank employees, among others, could have been fired.
Staff worked on a financial development program specifically for women. The women working for the ministry told Reuters news agency that they had been trying to go to work in recent weeks, but had been deported back home.
Girls don’t go to school
The United Nations called on the Taliban to respect the rights of women and minorities. The UN agency UNESCO also said Afghan girls should be able to return to education as soon as possible. The education organization warned that if girls’ schools remained closed, it would have “irreversible consequences” for half of the Afghan population.
UNESCO responded to this previous ad The two students said that “all teachers and students” could return to secondary school without mentioning female students or female teachers.
When the extremist group seized power in Afghanistan last month, they pledged that women in the country would retain basic rights such as access to education. But Afghan women activists point out that the Taliban is not keeping these promises. They fear that the group wants to bring back the restrictive policies of the 1990s.
Afghan women’s rights activists have taken to the streets several times since the United States left the country. During those demonstrations, they called on the Taliban to appoint women ministers and guarantee women’s rights, among other things. The demonstrations heavy hand We broke up.
When the Taliban seized power in the 1990s, they prevented girls from going to school. Women were also not allowed to work outside the home.
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