The deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, said that the inclusion of women in government departments is necessary.
Speaking at an inauguration ceremony of a trade exhibition of domestic products, Stanekzai said that women make up half the population and that they are "not neglected" and “they should be involved in all areas of life including the economy, politics, and the nation's reconstruction.”
“Men and women should have a role in building the country. Not only men work, we need women within our work environment,” Stanekzai said.
The deputy minister of Foreign Affairs said that the Islamic Emirate will provide women’s rights based on Islamic values.
Analysts and civil rights activists said the Islamic Emirate’s rhetoric is in contrast with its practical actions. According to them, the inclusion of women will pave the way for the development of Afghanistan.
“The presence of women in government departments facilitates half of the society and will impact the development of the country and good governance,” said Mariam Arween, a civil rights activist.
Stanekzai called on the Afghan academic figures abroad to return to the country, saying they would be provided with security.
“We cannot ignore women in society. They should play their role in politics, in the economy and in the rebuilding of the country,” he said.
“Come and return to Afghanistan. We ensure that no one will say anything. Let’s give a hand together. We open our hug to the academic figures who are outside and consider themselves opponents,” he said.
This comes as female students beyond grade six have not been allowed to attend their schools for more than 10 months.