The new Taliban-appointed mayor of Afghan capital Kabul has told most of the city government’s female employees to stay home in the latest ruling.
The Taliban “found it necessary to stop women from working for a while,” Mayor Hamdullah Namony said on Sept. 19, according to BBC News.
Namony said that about a third of the city’s 3,000 employees were women and only some would be allowed to continue working. The exception to the rule applies to women whose jobs cannot be replaced by men, such as attendants of public toilets for women.
“There are some areas that men can’t do it. We have to ask our female staff to fulfill their duties; there is no alternative for it,” Namony said, as quoted by British newspaper The Guardian.
Namony did not specify how many women have been forced to stay home.
The restriction came despite initial promises of an inclusive government and of women being allowed to work under the Taliban rule.
The Taliban said that women’s rights would be respected “within the framework of Islamic law,” but the Taliban adheres to a strict interpretation of the Sharia law.
During the Taliban’s previous rule in the 1990s, the Islamist militant group restricted women from getting an education and jobs.
The Taliban also closed the women’s affairs ministry and replaced it with a ministry tasked with enforcing Islamic law last Sept. 17.
Women staged small protests outside the ministry on Sept. 19 while another group of women held a press conference to demand their rights.
The Taliban also reopened secondary schools over the weekend, but only for boys and male teachers. The group said it was working on reopening for girls.
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