- Afghanistan’s Taliban government on Friday released an order on women’s rights that said women should not be considered “property.”
- It set out the rules governing marriage and property for women, stating that women should not be forced into marriage and widows should share their late husband’s property.
Afghanistan’s Taliban government on Friday released an order on women’s rights which said women should not be considered “property” and must consent to the marriage but did not mention female access to education or work out.
The Taliban is under pressure from the international community, who have frozen funds for Afghanistan, to commit to upholding women’s rights since the hardline Islamist group took over the country on Aug. 15.
“A woman is not a property, but a noble and free human being; no one can give her to anyone in exchange for peace…or to end animosity,” the Taliban decree, released by spokesman Zabihillah Muhajid, said.
It set out the rules governing marriage and property for women, stating that women should not be forced into marriage and widows should share their late husband’s property.
The decree said that courts should consider the rules when making decisions, and religious affairs and information ministries should promote these rights.
However, it did not mention women working or accessing facilities outside the home or education, which have been significant concerns from the international community.
During its previous rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned women from leaving the house without a male relative and full face and head covering and girls from receiving education.
The Taliban say they have changed, and high schools for girls in some provinces have been allowed to open. But many women and rights advocates remain skeptical.
The international community, which has frozen billions in central bank funds and development spending, has made women’s rights a vital element of any future engagement with Afghanistan.
The country, which suffers from a banking liquidity crisis as the cash flow dries up due to sanctions, has faced economic collapse since the Taliban took over.
Source- CTV News
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