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Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

The interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital says female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home unless their jobs cannot be filled by men. The mayor was detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.

9/19/2021 1:30:00 PM

The interim mayor of Afghanistan ’s capital says female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home unless their jobs cannot be filled by men. The mayor was detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.

KABUL , Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan 's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.

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The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive. In their previous rule in the 1990s, the Taliban had barred girls and women from schools, jobs and public life.

In recent days, the new Taliban government issued several decrees rolling back the rights of girls and women. It told female middle- and high school students that they could not return to school for the time being, while boys in those grades resumed studies this weekend. Female university students were informed that studies would take place in gender-segregated settings from now on, and that they must abide by a strict Islamic dress code. Under the U.S.-backed government deposed by the Taliban, university studies had been co-ed, for the most part.

ADVERTISEMENTOn Friday, the Taliban shut down the Women’s Affairs Ministry, replacing it with a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice” and tasked with enforcing Islamic law.On Sunday, just over a dozen women staged a protest outside the ministry, holding up signs calling for the participation of women in public life. “A society in which women are not active is (sic) dead society,” one sign read.

“Why are they (the Taliban) taking our rights?” said one of the protesters, 30-year-old Basira Tawana. “We are here for our rights and the rights of our daughters.”The protest lasted for about 10 minutes. After a short verbal confrontation with a man, the women got into cars and left, as Taliban in two cars observed from nearby. Over the past months, Taliban fighters had broken up several women’s protests by force.

Elsewhere in the city, interim Kabul Mayor Hamdullah Namony gave his first news conference since being appointed by the Taliban.He said that before the Taliban takeover last month, just under one-third of close to 3,000 city employees were women, and that they had worked in all departments.

Namony said the female employees have been ordered to stay home, pending a further decision. He said exceptions were made for women who could not be replaced by men, including some in the design and engineering departments and the attendants of public toilets for women. Namony did not say how many female employees were forced to stay home.

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“There are some areas that men can’t do it, we have to ask our female staff to fulfill their duties, there is no alternative for it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTNamony also said the new government has begun removing security barriers in Kabul, a city that has endured frequent bombing and shooting attacks over the years. Such barriers — erected near ministries, embassies and private homes of politicians and warlords — had been commonplace in Kabul for years.

The mayor said private citizens would be charged for the work of taking down the barriers. While he said most barriers had been removed, reporters touring the city noted that barriers outside most government installations and embassies had been left in place.

The Taliban have tried to present themselves as guarantors of security, in hopes that this will win them support from a public still widely suspicious of their intentions. Under the previous government, a rise in crime had been a major concern for ordinary Afghans.

Perhaps the toughest challenge faced by the new Taliban rulers is the accelerated economic downturn. Even before the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan was plagued by major problems, including large-scale poverty, drought and heavy reliance on foreign aid for the state budget.

In a sign of growing desperation, street markets have sprung up in Kabul where residents are selling their belongings. Some of the sellers are Afghans hoping to leave the country, while others are forced to offer their meager belongings in hopes of getting money for the next meal.

“Our people need help, they need jobs, they need immediate help, they are not selling their household belongings for choice here,” said Kabul resident Zahid Ismail Khan, who was watching the activity in one of the impromptu markets.“For a short-term people might try to find a way to live, but they would have no other choice to turn to begging in a longer term,” he said.

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weren't ppl saying that the afghans should fight for their own freedom an country a couple weeks ago? Why are some men so fragile that the only way they can feel masculine is by controlling others, women in particular? Their problems, not ours. Americans can't even band together to protect one another from a virus.. we don't have the time nor the resources to insert ourselves ANY LONGER, in the affairs of another country. Godspeed to those living there.

A civil war is the best case scenario for the West, and the worst case scenario for Afghans. I'm betting there won't be any calls to end the violence any time soon. More to come .all they want is governance Civil war has begun… Stanno resistendo con la guerra di guerriglia, perché meno numerosi e meno armati dei Talebani

As expected Good news. Less Taliboys the better. Mitch Rapp was unavailable for comment.

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Initial reports are never accurate when it comes to this nightmare What? I thought the war was over and there was nothing but love from the religion of 'peace' 🙄 Shocker Thanks a lot Obama. I blame the Afghan government who took the money and ran, and trump who negotiated with the taliban. So sad their stuck in the stone age not allowing women to work. The people of Afghanistan are going to have to figure a way to overthrow the Taliban in their own unfortunately.

Men, weak and fearful creatures who must hide women from their sight. زيات وخت پدي باندي فکر کوم چه ضابيح الله او ملګري ئي چه هره ورځ د دنيا د وګړو په مخ درواغ وائي څنګه د شپي بيا ويده کيدئ شي؟ ايا دوي وجدان لري او د خپل اسلامي وجدان په هکله مسؤليت احصاصوي؟ مجاهد که وجداني مسؤليت لري بايد د خپلي وضيفي لاس واخلي ځکه دي يو شئ او ملګري بل شئ وائي.

Can we implement these rules in America? I know I’m shocked. Women should stop preforming a certain job siting that men have been performing that job on fire island, the village, P-Town for years.

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Man can't do the job if they deny freedom to adults. Yes. They are the Taliban. Religion needs its own planet. Then all the religious nuts can persecute each other all they want. Get a woman to run for mayor. Taliban is just following sheriya laws..what a fucked up religion Damn we should probably go back to war now.

No wonder some Republicans like the Taliban. Stupid and bad if that is true! Please don't give the GOP any ideas.

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Women must rebel and/or leave. Take your children and run. Well, this is unexpected. Said no one ever!!! roknrolzombie Where did I read that the taliban had changed ? How wish I come across this opportunity long ago, it would have been huge now. You've corrected that step now, thanks for your good works LindaStouffes

Many are afraid to send women and children out in anticipation of deteriorating security. AOC for mayor of Kabul City. Sounds like east Texas Shocker. horrible

U.S. says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including children, in 'tragic mistake'General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command said that a drone strike in Kabul last month killed as many as 10 civilians, including seven children, and apologized for what he said was a ‘tragic mistake’ This is just a drop in the ocean, it’s happen 1000 times over the past 20 years. Corruption Appreciate being honest but what gave you the confidence to pull the trigger So, this guy is basically a terrorist.

Pentagon reveals Kabul drone strike killed ten civilians 'unlikely' to be associated with ISIS-KGen. Kenneth McKenzie gave a briefing on an investigation into a drone strike in Kabul that killed ten civilians, including seven children, who were 'unlikely' to be associated with ISIS-K, admitting 'it was a mistake.'

US 'apologises' for Kabul drone strike that killed civiliansTop general Frank McKenzie admits US had made a 'mistake' when it launched a drone strike against suspected Daesh militants in Afghan capital Kabul on August 29, confirming it killed 10 civilians instead. 90% of US drone strikes were on Afghan civilians. That's it? Joe Biden said 'we will hunt you down and make you pay. US droned a car with a family of 10, 7 children. Gen Mark Milley lied it was a 'righteous strike.' Both NYT and WaPo investigated and caught them lying. Gen Kenneth McKenzie and Gen Mark Milley should resign.