The Taliban government in Afghanistan has replaced the ministry for women with the ministry for all men for “virtues and vices” in a recent crackdown on women’s rights in the country.
This department, tasked with forcing the extreme interpretation of Islamic law by militant groups, is considered a form of moral police. A former female employee was locked out of the building, according to Reuters.
The sign of the women’s ministry was covered with a mixture of Dari and Arabic, which was written on Friday as “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Discipline and the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Discipline.”
According to the Associated Press, the Taliban fighters in the building are uncertain whether another ministry of women will be established.
It happens when a radical group reopens school for boys only and breaks the previous pledge that girls have access to education. The announcement did not say when the girl could or could return to school.
The move is reminiscent of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan in the 1990s, when the Ministry for the Propagation and Discipline carried out public beatings and executions and enforced strict dress code.
Under the leadership that lasted from 1996 to 2001, women were not allowed to work or access higher education and girls were banned from school.
This move is part of the creation of a new Taliban government in an attempt to strengthen their grip on Afghan rule.
On September 7, the Taliban released a list of ministers, including ministers for promoting virtues and preventing vices, and not women.
However, the group has not officially confirmed that the Ministry of Women has disbanded.
On Saturday, staff working on a World Bank-funded $ 100 million project on women’s economic empowerment and rural development programs were removed from the premises.
One staff member, Sharif Aktar, who accompanied the Taliban, said he was unsure if and how the program would continue, AP reported.
Earlier this week, Taliban leaders announced that women would not be allowed to work with men in government ministries.
Attacks on women’s rights faced a UN Security Council resolution stating that Tulliburn rulers must build an inclusive government with “full, equal and meaningful participation and protection of women’s rights.” ing.
The unanimously adopted resolution also extended the UN’s current mission in Afghanistan by another six months, giving it time to monitor the new Taliban government.
The Taliban have ordered working women to stay home, leading to concerns that they may not be able to achieve their goals.
For women who are still allowed to attend college, the Taliban demanded that they cover their faces and bodies and sit in gender-separated classrooms. Due to the rules, some female students have given up on college.