The Taliban want men and women not to work together

Senior Taliban official Hashimi said men and women should not work together and that women could be banned from working in government, banking and the media.

“We have been fighting for nearly 40 years to bring the Sharia system to Afghanistan. Sharia law does not allow men and women to gather or sit in the same place. Men and women cannot work together, that’s clear. Women are also not allowed to go to offices and work for ministries,” senior Taliban official Waheedullah Hashimi said on September 13.

Hashimi added that Afghan women will also be barred from working in sectors such as banking and the media, where the role of women in the country has become prominent under the previous administration. According to Hashimi, non-family male-female contact will only be approved under certain circumstances, such as medical visits.

Senior Taliban official Waheedullah Hashimi (centre) during an interview in a secret place near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on August 17.  Photo: Reuters.

Senior Taliban official Waheedullah Hashimi (centre) during an interview in a secret place near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on August 17. Photo: Reuters.

It is not clear to what extent Hashimi’s new statements reflect the policies of the new Taliban government, but may be more draconian than the group’s previous statements.

A few days after capturing the capital, Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters that women were an important part of the community and that they would be employed “in different fields”. Taliban officials also say that women can work and study within the framework of Sharia law.

However, the new interim government announced by the Taliban on September 7 is made up of all men. Taliban spokesman Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi later said that women are not capable of performing government work.

The Taliban also introduced many strict laws against Afghan women, such as not allowing male and female students to attend the same school and not allowing women to play sports because it is “unnecessary”.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)

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