PESHAWAR: The Taliban have shutdown the Afghan ministry of women affairs and replaced it with the propagation of virtue and prevention of vice ministry which indicates that the group’s tough stance on women has not changed.
The report came after the Taliban Ministry of Education issued a notification that secondary schools for boys would resume educational activities on Saturday. There was no mention of reopening girls’ schools.
Women rights activists have staged protest after the Taliban shutdown minister of women affairs, urging the Taliban to protect women rights and let them return to work. The workers said that during the past 20 years, Afghan women have fought hard to secure their rights which must be preserved after the Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August, 2021.
The Taliban have not yet respond to the protest, however, they had committed that the women rights and would be protected. The ministry of virtue and vice have been strongly criticised in the past for curbing dissent and enforcing strict restrictions on women and girls.
Meanwhile, A statement issued by the Ministry of Education on Friday called on male teachers to return to work and said that secondary schools for students would be reopened on Saturday. Despite insisting that they would protect the rights of women, the Taliban did not allow women to return to work and introduced new rules for the dress of female students at the university.
The group has announce interim cabinet and promised that they will not repeat the policies of their previous regime (1996-2001). The women activists have condemned that the Taliban for not including women member in the cabinet. The UN Security Council adopted a unanimous resolution calling for the Taliban to form an all-inclusive government with “full, equal and meaningful participation of women” and respect for human rights.