Taliban to Uphold Women’s Rights ‘Within Islamic Law’

The Taliban vowed to uphold women’s rights “within the frameworks of the Islamic law” and declared a “general amnesty” for all, including government officials.

In the militant group’s first press conference since taking control of Afghanistan, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that women “will be given all their rights within Sharia (Islamic) law” and assured the international community that “there will be no discrimination.”

Mujahid in Kabul also said that the Taliban was working to form an “inclusive” government.

“We are going to allow women to work and study within our frameworks. Women are going to be very active within our society,” Mujahid said.

However, Mujahid did not expound on what dress codes women would wear and what roles women would have within the workforce in Afghanistan.

Earlier, Taliban Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told media company Voice of America (VOA) declined to clearly state if Afghan women will be part of their new government.

During the Taliban’s rule on Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, they barred women from working and from studying. They also forced women to wear the all-covering burqa in public.

Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, claimed that the Taliban “doesn’t want the women to be the victims anymore.”

The Taliban’s remarks met with skepticism in the White House.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the United States can deploy tools, such as sanctions and isolation, if the Taliban mistreats women in Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, women have reportedly complained of harassment by the Taliban, but Shaheen dismissed the reports as “baseless” meant to defame the militant group, according to a report by VOA.

A female journalist for the private channel TOLOnews reported that very few women could be seen in the markets or on the streets.

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