Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Women march in Kabul to demand their right to work and role in future government

Dozens of women took to the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul yesterday to demand their right to work, a role in any future government, and a seat at the table in discussions with the Taliban.

The protest began with 50 women marching towards the presidential palace. Taliban had employed both pepper spray and tear gas to try and disburse the crowd. The Demonstration marks at least the fourth time women in Kabul and the western city of Herat have gathered to demand their rights in a future Taliban-led government.

The crowd was surrounded on all four sides by the Taliban, who told them, to go home one by one. One of the participating women said that the latest action was in response to a recent statement by senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai. He in an interview said there may not be a place for women in the higher echelons of a future Taliban-led government.

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