The Taliban replaced the ministry of women by one for virtue and vice prevention

The Taliban decided this Friday the Afghan Ministry for Women's Affairs, and instead created the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Vice Prevention, wh

The Taliban replaced the ministry of women by one for virtue and vice prevention

The Taliban decided this Friday the Afghan Ministry for Women's Affairs, and instead created the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Vice Prevention, which will be responsible for the rigid implementation of Islamic standards and whose Front will be Mohamad Khalid

At least three officials of the Ministry of Women's Affairs confirmed to EFE the suppression of the Agency in charge of promoting public policies and rights for women, ensuring that under the mandate of the Taliban "there is no" ministry for women.

"The Ministry of Women was abolished, the Taliban told us that there is no longer any ministry for women and that this becomes the ministry for the spread of virtue and vice prevention," told Efe Islamuddin, ex-function of The missing institution.

The elimination of this portfolio was officially officialized by the authorities of the Islamist Government with the installation of a new sign in which it is read: "Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan".

Dozens of employees had attended their offices on Thursday to resume their work, but the Taliban "did not allow us to enter the ministry," Islamuddin said.

The Ministry of Women's Affairs was created in 2001 under the Government of then Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, as part of international efforts to address women's affairs and had about 850 employees throughout the country.

During the last two decades, the institution had as a mission to develop policies, promote rights, eliminate violence and discrimination against women, as well as promote their active participation in Afghanistan's social and political life.

"When the Taliban assumed power, we thought they had changed, but unfortunately we do not see changes in the opinions and acts of the Taliban," said Efe Dadras, an excellent ministry and activist for women's rights.

"The ministry of women was a voice for women in Afghanistan and in the world, but it was abolished and become another organ that has nothing to do with women's affairs and is an organism that will punish the people," he criticized .

"Where is that international community who was talking about the rights of women in the last 20 years? Today we stayed behind and alone, no one listens to us," said the activist between tears.

For Given the arrival of the Taliban, together with the exclusion of the women of the government, and the loss of the land earned in the last 20 years, leaves an uncertain path for the future of their daughters, and the next female generations of Afghanistan.

"Why does not the international community support us? Women have lost everything, we do not have anyone to support ourselves," he lamented.

In spite of everything, some activists believe that these actions will not be able to silence the demands of women.

"I do not know how long we are going to witness the elimination of the identity and role of women. The Taliban should be convinced that they will not be able to eliminate and silence women by eliminating a ministry," the activist told EFE. Basira Taheri.

"I am sure that women will try to find a way out of this country," he said.

The Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Vice Prevention has already been in the Government of the first Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which was dissolved after its expulsion of power with US invasion in 2001.

Afghans still have in mind bitter memories of this body that, under the previous Taliban regime 1996-2001, was responsible for supervising and implementing a tough interpretation of sharia, Islamic law.

The components of the so-called "religious police", dependent on that ministry, lashed men in the streets for listening to music, shaving, not praying, and women for not using burka or comprehensive veil, or going out on the street without a partner masculine, father, husband or brother.

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 04:14

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