Friday, October 15, 2021

Taliban orders female employees of Kabul government to leave workforce, stay at home

The Taliban militant group has ordered most women employed in Kabul’s city government to leave the workforce and stay at home, the interim mayor of the Afghan capital announced on September 19.

During his first press briefing since being appointed by the Taliban, interim Kabul Mayor Hamdullah Namoni said women should stay at home regardless of their employment status, pending another decision.

Exceptions can be made for women, who cannot be replaced by men, including some design and engineering departments and attendants of public toilets for women, he said.

“There are some areas where men cannot do this; We have to ask our women employees to fulfill their duties, there is no substitute for that,” said the interim mayor.

Namoni noted that before the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15, about 1,000 of the city’s approximately 3,000 workers were women. They were working in all the departments.

The city’s decision to bar most female workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the militant group is applying its harsher interpretation of Islam, despite early promises from those involved in the peace talks that they will work together with other Afghan leaders. Representatives would form a government that was more inclusive and respected human rights. In its previous regime in the 1990s, the Taliban barred girls and women from schools, jobs and public life.

In recent days, the new Taliban government issued several decrees affecting girls and women. It told female middle and high school students that they could not return to school for the time being, while boys in those grades resumed studies this weekend. Women’s university students were informed that studies would now take place in gender-segregated settings, and that they would have to follow a strict Islamic dress code. Under the US-backed government deposed by the Taliban, university study could for the most part be offered as co-education.

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The anti-Taliban National Resistance Front (NRF) on 20 September condemned the Taliban regime’s move to ban secondary schools for girls in the country, saying it has always been segregated in the country, and therefore, the question of segregation of classes. “Never get up earlier.”

The NRF said, “The regime’s position, as elaborated by its various spokespersons, is an affirmation of the long-standing regressive thinking that women should be delegated to household chores.” “Its utter ignorance of the age-old reality of the secondary education system in the country betrays the foreign nature of governance.”

Throughout Afghanistan, women in many sectors have been asked to stay at home from their jobs in both the public and private sectors. However, the Taliban has yet to announce a similar policy. Kabul’s mayor’s comments were unusually specific and impressed a large female workforce involved in running the sprawling city of more than 5 million people.

Separately, on 17 September, the Taliban replaced the city’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs with a new ministry for “Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Evil”, ousting former employees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Isabel van Bruggen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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