UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday at the UN meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva said the Taliban is not respecting the human rights of women in Afghanistan.
“In contrary to the Taliban’s commitments, in the last three weeks many women were banned from going to their work and are marginalized. In many areas they are not even allowed to go out of home without a Muharram,” she said.
Bachelet called on UN member countries to pressure the Taliban to respect women's human rights.
She also raised concerns over the lack of women and members of minority groups in the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet: “I am upset because in the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet there is less people from other ethnicities and no women,” she added.
Meanwhile, a Taliban official told Reuters that they will not allow women to work alongside men in the workplace.
“Men and women cannot work together, that is clear. They are not allowed to come to our offices,” said Wahidullah Hashimi, a Taliban official.
Parwana Ibrahimkhil, a reporter, is one of the hundreds of women who have lost their jobs following the takeover of the country by the Taliban.
Ibrahimkhil said she was working as a reporter but lost her job following the collapse of the former government and now her family faces severe economic challenges as she was the only breadwinner of the family.
“When I was a child, my father was killed in the war between the Taliban and the people. Then my brother lost his eyesight in their (Taliban) war. I lost both my childhood and my adult life,” she said.
Recently the Taliban said all former female employees of the government should stay in their homes until the next notification.