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The future of Afghan women

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 29: Afghan women, youths, activists and elders gather at a rally to support peace talks and the republic government in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 29, 2021. According to the reports, Turkey will host the Afghanistan peace-talks summit in the upcoming days. (Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The Taliban, which has seized control of Afghanistan, is a militant group that implements extremist Islamic principles. The future of women in the country is also in doubt under the interpretation of Sharia law enforced by the organization. So, many are now wondering how their turmoil will be under Taliban rule. Will girls miss out on schooling under these circumstances? Is freedom of employment restricted? Is wearing a burqa mandatory? Is driving prohibited? Is the right to travel freely alone restricted? A Taliban spokesman said the rights of Afghan women would be protected within the framework of Islamic law. However, Taliban spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid stressed that the entire Afghan people must live within the “Islamic legal framework”. He was speaking at the first media briefing shortly after the Taliban took control of the country. However, local and foreign human rights groups fear that the rights and freedoms of Afghan women could be jeopardized. From 1996 to 2001, Afghanistan was under Taliban rule. During that time they ruled the country by introducing a strict set of rules and regulations that they themselves interpreted under Sharia law. Under that legal system, it was obligatory for a woman to wear a burqa that covered her entire body. At that time, school was a no-go zone for all girls over the age of 10. During the press conference, the Taliban spokesman received a barrage of questions from international journalists. Most of them are about Afghan women. ‘We are working to allow women to work and get an education in line with our legal framework. A Taliban spokesman said: “Women will be very active in our society in the future. But when asked about the woman’s dress and the jobs she was allowed to do, he was reluctant to give a detailed answer. The Taliban have now issued a general amnesty affecting all of Afghanistan, declaring that their government needs the contribution of women. But some question whether this is an honest statement. Analysts say the Taliban leaders are trying to win the hearts of the Afghan people and the international community. There has been a mixed reaction in Afghanistan to the Taliban’s first message to the world. Some believe it; Some do not believe. “I do not believe their statements,” a woman living in Kabul who listened to Mujahid’s speech on television told the BBC. “This is a ruse; A bait to punish us. I refuse to work or study under their rules, ”said another woman. Not without women who are optimistic about the promises they make. “If we have the ability to study and work, that is freedom. That’s my red line. The Taliban have not yet crossed that red line, ”said another Afghan woman. “As long as I have my education and my right to work, I do not want to wear a hijab. I live in an Islamic country. Therefore, I am ready to accept Islamic dress. But that is not the burqa. The burqa is not an Islamic dress. ” Two days after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, a large number of job-announcers appeared on some television channels. The reason for this was revealed after the Western-based Tolo TV channel claimed that it had removed the announcers from its programs due to the instability of what was going on. Sear Sirat, who works for Tolo TV’s news service, said that after the press conference last Tuesday, the situation seemed to be returning to normal, so he started using women on the television screen to do news reporting with his regular staff. “I had the opportunity to speak with several women’s rights activists in Afghanistan. They said they had no confidence in what their lives would be like in the future, ”she added. “Many people remember what happened between 1996 and 2001. Therefore, they are very concerned about the safety of women, their rights and the education of girls. We have already seen some news reports that some universities have sent students home. Many have been forced to marry at the age of 15 or 12. ” She continued. Suhail Shaheen, another Taliban spokesman, said that “the rights of Afghan women and minorities will be respected in accordance with Afghan norms and Islamic tenets.” There are also women who are determined to keep doing what they have done before. One such woman is Peivand Seyed Ali, an education consultant. She has lived and worked in Kabul for the past ten years. She is a Senior Advisor to the Indigenous Committee for Afghanistan. “Think about what the Taliban will do about women’s rights and education
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