The Taliban Leader’s Special Decree on Women Is Disappointing
The Taliban leader recently issued a decree on women's rights that has been widely criticized.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The Taliban leader’s decree on women has sparked controversy. It is the first time the Taliban leader has spoken about women and their rights. This decree, however, is extremely conservative and does not comply with established and accepted human rights standards.
This decree reflects the patriarchal view of society towards women. In this view, women are identified as weak beings and are pitied. This view will never give women the right to -determination. The decree also does not mention women’s civil and political rights as their most basic rights. The decree does not mention the right to work, the right to education, and the right to political and civil participation of women.
In this decree, women’s rights are reduced only to the right to choose a husband. It does not mention other basic rights based on global human rights values. This decree seeks to ensure justice within the framework of a polygamous legal system; Today, polygamy is a violation of women’s human rights. Even this system never meets the same standards as its traditional counterparts in Afghanistan and is more motivated by a decline in male sexual desire and a sense of diversity in a patriarchal society.
In this decree, in addition to the right to choose a spouse, maturity is considered a condition for marriage. Maturity is a complex biological issue. It has not been addressed as a scientific issue in this decree. For example, this decree does not specify the age of maturity. The decree also mentions the right of women to inherit. The Ministries of Hajj and Endowments, and Information and Culture have also been tasked with propagating these values to rescue women from the oppression that is being inflicted on them.
A comparison of this six-article decree with the previous government’s constitution shows that the Taliban still have a long way to achieve the legitimacy desired by the international community.
One of the conditions for the international community to continue its assistance over the past two decades has been the observance of women’s . For the past two decades, the international community has not only relied on Afghan governments for women’s participation in various fields but also obliged those governments to promote women’s human rights awareness. The result of a series of efforts by the world and the Afghan government over the past two decades is an awareness of women’s rights in society.
The most important achievement of the past decades in the field of civil rights was the registration of these rights in the Afghan constitution and other subsidiary laws, as well as Afghanistan’s membership in treaties and conventions related to women’s rights. For example, in the previous constitution, men and women had equal rights and responsibilities before the law in terms of human dignity and rights.
The previous constitution not only avoided discrimination between men and women but also provided special protections for women in the areas of civil and political participation. There were no barriers to women’s political participation. They could become members of parliament and provincial councils through , the presidency, and work in the Afghan bureaucracy from ministry to the deputy director-general.
The deprivation of women of their educational and employment rights is ridiculous. In a world where half of the skilled workforce is women and all global efforts to improve the education of men and women, regardless of gender, the lack of a clear Taliban policy on women’s right to education and work will prevent the group from interacting with the international community.
The will never be ready to cooperate with a government that denies women’s education and works.
Thus, the Taliban leader’s decree, unfortunately, cannot give hope to educated women in Afghanistan and countries that monitor the Taliban. If the Taliban want to interact with the international community, they must further familiarize themselves with the contemporary world and its values.