The "Taliban must allow" the reopening of shelters and other institutions for Afghan women in order to protect the women from "further violence," a human rights watchdog said on Monday.
Amnesty International in a statement expressed concern over the situation of Afghan women.
“To protect women and girls from further violence, the Taliban must allow and support the reopening of shelters and the restoration of other protective services for survivors, reinstate the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and ensure that service providers can work freely and without fear of retaliation,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s secretary general, as quoted in the statement.
“Women and girl survivors of gender-based violence have essentially been abandoned in Afghanistan. Their network of support has been dismantled, and their places of refuge have all but disappeared,” she added. “It defies belief that the Taliban threw open prison doors across the country, with no thought of the risks that convicted perpetrators pose to the women and girls they victimized, and to those who worked on survivors’ behalf.”
Amnesty International called on the international community to provide long-term funding to protect women.
This comes as women activists in a Kabul gathering on Sunday demanded political and social inclusion.
The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly insisted that it would provide women with all rights under Islamic law.
“I lost my child on the path of seeking justice for women, and my psychological condition is bad now and I have been shocked. If my husband doesn’t help me, I am a dead corpse,” said Hamasa, a civil rights activist.
“We call on the new government to include women in the political, economic and social structure of the government so that women can work alongside men,” said Roya Dadras, former spokesperson for the Ministry of Women's Affairs.
Before the fall of the former government, at least 27 institutions supportive of women were active in Afghanistan, but all of them are now closed.
The Islamic Emirate replaced the Ministry of Women's Affairs with the Ministry of Virtue and Vice but pledged to form a department to run women's affairs. The department will be active under the supervision of the Vice and Virtue Ministry.
“We are trying to facilitate girls' and women’s activities under the umbrella of the Ministry of Vice and Virtue, so they can work,” said Akif Mahajar, a spokesman for the ministry.