The Taliban have admitted that “there may” not be women among the top positions in their future government, claiming that their members will be chosen on the basis of their “merits”, which heightens fears of an administration with zero gender inclusivity.
The ‘number two’ of the Taliban office in Doha, Inayatulhaq Yasini, has explained to the BBC that women “have the right to be” in the administration that is being negotiated, but has implied that their presence, widely claimed by human rights organizations and the international community, can be testimonial.
Thus, it assumes that “there could be” no women, “especially in the main positions”, which if true would constitute, for example, appointing only men as ministers.
Dozens of women have demonstrated this Thursday in the Afghan city of Herat to demand that the Taliban does not conform to a regime constituted only by men, in a unpublished protest in this town since the insurgents took control of Kabul on August 15.
During the march, of which media such as Tolo News or the Jaama agency have published images, the protesters have displayed banners in which they argue that “no government is sustainable without women.” Among the attendees there were activists, university students and civil servants.
The Taliban have promised that women will not lose their rights, or at least not regress to the irrelevance they had in 2001, during the previous stage of the so-called Islamic Emirate. However, they have made it clear that the ‘sharia’ or Islamic law It will be the red line that they will take into account.
The international community, led by the United Nations, has called for the rights of all sexes to be respected as well. The Executive Director of UN Women, Pramila Patten, warned this week that the incorporation of women into the future administration will be a “litmus test” to verify the true commitment of the Taliban to rights and freedoms.