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UN concerned about Afghan women's rights under Taliban

  • Published at 10:08 am September 9th, 2021
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Afghan women shout slogans during a protest rally, near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul on September 7, 2021 AFP

The Taliban on Tuesday announced a government made up exclusively of men who are already members of the Islamist movement

The Taliban is already neglecting its promise to respect Afghan women's rights, a United Nations official based in Kabul said Wednesday. 

The militant group has "repeated the same statement that women's rights would be respected within the framework of Islam," said Alison Davidian, a representative for UN Women in Afghanistan. "But every day we were receiving reports of rollbacks on women's rights."

For example, "Women are prohibited from leaving the house without a mahram, or male family members,” Davidian said during a video conference with journalists in New York. 

"In some provinces, they are being stopped from going to work," she said. 

Two burqa-clad Afghan women walk along an under-construction road in Kabul on September 8, 2021 | AFP The Taliban on Tuesday announced a government made up exclusively of men who are already members of the Islamist movement.

"With the announcement (of their government) Tuesday, the Taliban missed a critical opportunity to show the world that they are truly committed to build an inclusive and prosperous society," Davidian said.

"Now is the time for the Taliban to show that it governs for all Afghans," she said.

UN Women is a UN agency dedicated to the equality of the sexes and the empowerment of women worldwide.

During the Taliban's first time in power in Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, the group severely restricted the rights of women, who were virtually excluded from public spaces. 

Many Afghan women and women's rights activists globally fear a repeat of such policies after the group toppled the US-backed government last month. 

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