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A Future Afghan Govt 'Not Complete' Without Women: Koofi

Fawzia Koofi, a former member of the Afghan Parliament, said on Monday that a future government will not be complete without the presence of women.

She also criticized meetings held Kabul without the presence of women.

“I think Afghan women need to be more unified than ever. No one will give them their rights easily. They have to be unified, they have to guarantee they have a presence, and it is not acceptable that they are sitting in the corner of their houses and monitoring the situation,” said Koofi.

In the meantime, women in Kabul are urging the Taliban to honor the achievements of the last 20 years, saying that women “like men, should be involved in all the affairs of the country.”

The Taliban said women are allowed to work and be educated according to the framework of Islam.

"Afghan women want the government of an Islamic emirate to not ignore women and to not take opportunities away from Afghan women under various pretexts,” said Watrai Sayedi, a women's rights activist.

Yasra, a social activist, said: “We want the role of women in an Islamic emirate to not be ignored if the government is to be inclusive, if the system is to survive and not collapse."

A political analyst said the people of Afghanistan and the international community will not recognize any government without the presence of women.

“An inclusive government in Afghanistan is a government that represents women and all ethnic groups in Afghanistan,” said Tariq Farhadi, a political analyst. "If this is not the case, the government, which is only Taliban, will not be accepted by the Afghan people in the long run," he said. 

A Future Afghan Govt 'Not Complete' Without Women: Koofi

Koofi criticized meetings in Kabul held without the presence of women.

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Fawzia Koofi, a former member of the Afghan Parliament, said on Monday that a future government will not be complete without the presence of women.

She also criticized meetings held Kabul without the presence of women.

“I think Afghan women need to be more unified than ever. No one will give them their rights easily. They have to be unified, they have to guarantee they have a presence, and it is not acceptable that they are sitting in the corner of their houses and monitoring the situation,” said Koofi.

In the meantime, women in Kabul are urging the Taliban to honor the achievements of the last 20 years, saying that women “like men, should be involved in all the affairs of the country.”

The Taliban said women are allowed to work and be educated according to the framework of Islam.

"Afghan women want the government of an Islamic emirate to not ignore women and to not take opportunities away from Afghan women under various pretexts,” said Watrai Sayedi, a women's rights activist.

Yasra, a social activist, said: “We want the role of women in an Islamic emirate to not be ignored if the government is to be inclusive, if the system is to survive and not collapse."

A political analyst said the people of Afghanistan and the international community will not recognize any government without the presence of women.

“An inclusive government in Afghanistan is a government that represents women and all ethnic groups in Afghanistan,” said Tariq Farhadi, a political analyst. "If this is not the case, the government, which is only Taliban, will not be accepted by the Afghan people in the long run," he said. 

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