NEW DELHI: A Taliban spokesperson on Thursday said women should restrict themselves to giving birth only. He further stated that it is not necessary for women to be in the cabinet and women protesters can’t represent all women in Afghanistan.
The statement comes amid Taliban announcing an all-male interim government for Afghanistan. With this the possibilities of women being a part of the government have been quashed.
“It is not necessary for a woman to be in the cabinet. A woman can’t be a minister, it is like you put something on her neck that she can’t carry. They should give birth and raise children according to Islamic ethics. Women protesters cannot represent all women in Afghanistan,” said Taliban spokesperson Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi in an interview with TOLO News.
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When TOLO News presenter questioned Hashimi that aren’t women half of the society? Hashimi said that Taliban doesn’t consider women as half. “What kind of half? The half itself is misrepresented here,” Hashimi added.
Afghan women who have been protesting against the all-male Afghanistan’s new interim government were driven away by the Taliban during a protest on Tuesday.
The Taliban used whips and sticks against the women protesters in the latest crackdown on dissent in Afghanistan, reported CNN.
Videos and images received by CNN show the women chanting, “Long live the women of Afghanistan.”
Some held placards declaring “No government can deny the presence of women” and “I will sing freedom over and over.”
The Taliban also beat up journalists covering the demonstration, according to witnesses.
The women called on the Taliban to uphold their commitments made in the past to ensure women’s rights are preserved, reported Ariana News.
The protestors also said that government should appoint women in high-ranking government positions.
“We are not women of yesterday. We want our rights. We faced violence yesterday, but will continue our fight,” said Diba Farahmand, another activist.
No women, members of religious minorities or members of Afghanistan’s ousted leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions or named to advisory roles in the announcement of the interim “Islamic Emirate” government on Tuesday.
The cabinet members consist of many Taliban figures that are considered hardliners. The list announced by chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was dominated by members of the group’s old guard.
Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund has been appointed as Prime Minister with two deputies Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Molavi Abdul Salam Hanafi.
( With agency inputs)