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Taliban ask female workers to stay home temporarily “for their safety”


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Working women in Afghanistan must stay home, at least temporarily, until adequate systems are established to guarantee their safety, one of the Taliban leaders explained this Tuesday at his second press conference.

“Our security forces are not trained (in) how to deal with women, how to talk to women (for) some of them,” she said. Zabihullah Mujahid. “Until we have full security … we ask women to stay home.” According to the Taliban spokesman, this is “a very temporary procedure.”

Since the coming to power of the Taliban, who took the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, on August 15, there have been many voices that have warned about the terrible situation that looms over women. Although on the first day, some leaders assured that they would be allowed to go out, work and study, in the first press conference this was qualified, ensuring that women would have rights, but yes, those that are framed within the Sharia, the fundamentalist law that reduces these to practically none.

The immediate reaction of many women, aware of the actions of the Taliban during their first term (1996-2001), has been to buy a burqa (a compulsory garment, which has multiplied its price in recent days) and lock themselves at home to avoid any risk. Others have chosen to leave the country.

Among the voices that have alerted is that of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle bachelet, which has stated that “a fundamental red line will be how the Taliban treat women and girls and respect their rights to liberty, freedom of movement, education, personal expression and employment, in accordance with the international human rights standards ”.

In addition to expressing concern for women’s rights, Bachelet also said that she had received reports about the recruitment of child soldiers and summary executions by the Taliban.

The High Commissioner participated in an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Subsequently, the council approved a resolution affirming its “unwavering commitment” to the rights of women and girls, according to the BBC. However, the resolution did not comply with what many human rights groups had requested, in particular, it did not recommend the appointment of a UN special investigator for Afghanistan.

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