Activists and schoolteachers took to the streets of eastern Kabul on Monday, where they called for more inclusivity in the government.
The protestors, both men and women, chanted the slogans: “Taliban! Reconcile with your nation," and “Ensuring justice and equality and the acceptance of each other is the path to resolving the Afghan crisis.”
They said the Islamic Emirate should consider the inclusion of all aspects of society into the government.
“We have a clear message to the Taliban’s leaders. Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Mullah Hassan Akhund and all other officials--if you want to remain in Afghanistan, then come and engage with all sides,” said Mohammad Sabir, a protester.
“They should allow women to go to work and they should provide women with education,” said Nazar Mohammad Anwari, another protester.
Protesters said that the current problems of Afghan women were not only related to forced marriage and Nikah.
“We want our human rights, and those rights that are granted by Sharia. They shouldn’t accept just the parts of Sharia that they like and not accept parts of Sharia that they don’t like,” said Shila Insandost.
In the meantime, some female members formerly working for the security and defense forces, now gathered in an unknown location, said that the world is ignoring their problems.
“The former security forces were the defenders of the people and country. But they are now living in a harsh and fierce situation,” said a protester.
The government said that it has been working on plans to facilitate the return of women to work.
“All those women who worked remained on their jobs and are being paid and we expect a plan to be finalized and after that women will be appointed in other fields as well,’ said Ahmad Wasiq, a member of the cultural commission.
Meanwhile, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, passed a message from Afghan school girl Sotooda Forotan, who was listed among the 25 influential women of 2021 in Financial Times Magazine, to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US President Joe Biden, urging them to support girls’ education in Afghanistan.
The formation of an inclusive government is one of the main conditions of the international community for the recognition of the current Afghan government.