October 25, 2021, 9:25 am
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Women stage a protest in Kabul against Taliban rules

FILE PHOTO: Afghan women's rights defenders and civil activists protest to call on the Taliban for the preservation of their achievements and education, in front of the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

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Kabul: According to a media source, a group of Afghan women organised a demonstration in Kabul against Taliban rules, seeking equal rights to study and employment.

According to a report from Khaama News, the demonstration on Sunday was in response to the prior government’s Ministry of Women Affairs being closed on September 17.

The Taliban replaced the Ministry of Guidance and Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice with the Ministry of Guidance and Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The demonstrators yelled chants such as “women’s exclusion is human exclusion,” “our freedom of expression is the culmination of our power,” and “education, work, and freedom are paths to progress.”

In response to the Ministry’s dissolution, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid stated on Sunday that they will set up a powerful and effective administration for women based on Sharia law, adding that the designation of a Ministry or sub-division of the Ministry was unnecessary.

The spokesperson claimed in a recent interview that the old Ministry accomplished little to improve the lives of Afghan women.