Afghan women protest to defend their rights in Kabul
Afghan women staged a protest in Kabul on Friday, calling on the Taliban to preserve their achievements and education.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The group held up signs and chanted, “We are all together.” They also marched.
“If women are not present in a country, in a society, in a ministry or cabinet, that country or cabinet will not be successful,” said Fatema Etemadi.
“We Afghan women have worked hard studied and specialized in education for 20 years, but today we have been removed from the cabinet (in Taliban’s expected government). We want our human rights,” Hasina Bakhtyari stated.
This comes as the Taliban are expected to announce a new government led by the Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar, Reuter reported citing sources in the Taliban, as it battled rebel fighters in the and strived to ward off economic collapse.
According to the report, Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political office, will be joined by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder , and Sher Mohammad Abbas , in senior positions in the government, three sources said.
Haibatullah Akhunzada, the Taliban’s supreme religious leader, will focus on religious matters and governance within the framework of Islam, another Taliban.
“All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,” one Taliban official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.
Taliban rulers were preparing on Thursday to unveil their new government as the economy teetered on the edge of collapse.
Taliban official Ahmadullah Muttaqi said on social media a ceremony was being prepared at the presidential palace in Kabul while Taliban spokesman Zabihullah told Reuters he could not give an exact date but it was a matter of a few days.
The legitimacy of the new government in the eyes of international donors and investors will be crucial for the economy as the country battles drought and the ravages of a conflict that took the lives of an estimated 240,000 Afghans.