A women’s activist who stayed home in fear of the Taliban got out for the first time on Tuesday with her sister. There were only women in the market still, no harassment was done by any Taliban.
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A female news anchor interviewed a Taliban official in a TV studio conveyed some different news “Elsewhere in the country’s third-largest city, Herat, girls joined boys in returning to school, against expectations, but Taliban fighters handed out hijabs and headscarves at the door”, in the capital Kabul.
Days after taking over the country following a lightning offensive, the Taliban made an effort to portray a more moderate stance, promising to respect women’s rights and inviting them to join the government.
A western female lecturer in Kabul wished to remain anonymous due to ongoing security threats and stated
The reports, if confirmed, would stand in stark contrast to the promises made by the group Tuesday.
Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, said the group was ready to “provide women with an environment to work and study, and the presence of women in different (government) structures.” Another official vowed to honour women’s rights “according to Islamic law.” The Taliban hold hard-line interpretations of Islamic scripture.
A senior female broadcaster in Kabul, stated: “I do not believe the Taliban,”.
She said she was too frightened to return home much less to work following reports the Taliban had a list of journalists and had knocked on some of their doors after entering Kabul on Sunday.
Saad Mohseni, the station’s owner tweeted “Unthinkable two decades ago when they were last in charge,”.
The senior TV broadcaster in Kabul said Afghan women have made great gains over the years, but she does not think the Taliban accepts those strides.
She said a friend of hers who is a presenter on Afghanistan’s national broadcaster, Mili TV, called her crying after she was told Tuesday by the station to stay home and not return to work until further notice.
“I want to come back home, but my family — maybe, I don’t know what I should do,” she said.