The announcement of the caretaker cabinet by the Taliban did not include the Ministry of Women Affairs, which operated during the former government. Now its building has been given to the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
90 percent of the ministry’s employees during the former government were women.
Reuters reported on Friday that a number of the employees gathered in front of the ministry’s building to resume their work, but the ministry does not exist anymore.
The women, according to Reuters, said they were the sole breadwinners for their families and now they have lost their jobs.
“I am the only breadwinner in my family. When there is no ministry, what should Afghan woman do?" an employee of the ministry asked.
Meanwhile, a number of women’s rights activists said the removal of the women’s ministry is against the commitment of the Taliban regarding women’s right to work. “Directly depriving the women and girls of education and work means the Taliban in no way is going to tolerate women and their presence,” said former MP Shukria Barakzai.
“Limiting the rights of the women of Afghanistan and marginalizing them, in fact, does not lead to a new Afghanistan with a better situation,” said Mariam Maroof Arvin, a women's rights activist.
In the meantime, Mujiburrahman Akhundzada, a member of the Cultural Commission of the Information and Culture Ministry said the government will secure and maintain the rights of both men and women and there is no difference between them.
“When the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan can secure justice, then securing justice will be enough for both men and women's affairs,” he said.
The new developments come as the Taliban has repeatedly said women have the right to education, work. However, recently some of the caretaker cabinet officials have said women cannot work together with men.