Hannah Neumann, a German member of the European parliament, in an exclusive interview with TOLOnews emphasized that the participation of women in social and economic spheres is important in Afghanistan.
According to Neumann, restrictions on women in Afghanistan are crushing the hopes of half of Afghan citizens and they are also diminishing economic opportunities.
“They are really crashing down public live, they are crashing down on half of Afghan citizens, on so many hopes, and they are also diminishing economic opportunities for everyone in the country by all these decrees, bans and policies,” she said.
Hannah Neumann urged the Afghan government to end restrictions on women and uphold the practical involvement of women in the social and economic spheres.
“The rising engaging happens at the moment on the national level, where for example we have a EU delegation and of course our representative here,” Neumann noted.
"Pressures and restrictions are not the solution in Afghanistan; rather, the EU, the US, and the countries of the region should jointly take a positive and constructive solution with the Islamic Emirate,” said Najibullah Jami, a political analyst.
Despite the Islamic Emirate's repeated assurances that it is committed to upholding those rights within the framework of Islamic law and that women will return to work and education after being given the proper conditions, there has been no sign of change to the current policies.