Women Call for Political, Social Inclusion

Women Call for Political, Social Inclusion

Women activists called on the international community to press the Islamic Emirate to uphold the rights of women.  

Dozens of women gathered on Sunday in Kabul to express their dissatisfaction with the decree issued by the Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader regarding Afghan women, saying more inclusivity is needed.

They downplayed the decree, saying that women's rights could not be determined in the way that the supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, presented them.

“Many women are the breadwinners of their family. The government lacks a program for them. The destiny of the girl students remains ambiguous,” said Sabira Akbari, a women rights activist.  

“Women’s inclusion in political, social and economic affairs is their right and it should be given to them because if this right is taken from the women, the government is broken,” said Farida, a civil rights activist. 

The women said that the Islamic Emirate should include women in the formation of the government.  

“The denial of the Taliban’s offer to the UN to secure the seat caused (the Taliban) to throw dust on the eyes of the people, because we have not had any reaction from the Taliban during the past four months that we have pleaded, but now they issued this decree,” said Madina, a civil rights defender. 

“The new decree of the Taliban revealed… that they didn’t consider the main rights of the women,” said Huda Khamosh, a poet. 

The Islamic Emirate’s supreme leader in a statement said that a “woman is not a property, but a noble and free human being; no one can give her to anyone in exchange for peace deal and or to end animosity.”