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Afghanistan: The only job for women is cleaning female bathrooms: Kabul’s interim mayor

The only job for women is cleaning female bathrooms: Kabul's interim mayor

Not just Afghanistan women but women all around the world are angry at the outrageous statement of Kabul’s interim Mayor. After the initial statement of giving equal rights to women, now, the Taliban government has taken a 360° turn. The new restrictions by the Taliban in Afghanistan, restrict females from working. The only women who can work are those whose tasks cannot be performed by men.

Kabul’s interim mayor, Hamdullah Nohmani on Sunday, gave a statement telling women are no longer allowed to work in Afghanistan. The only job women can do for the Kabul government is clean female bathrooms.

Kabul's interim mayor, Hamdullah Nohmani on Sunday, gave a statement telling women are no longer allowed to work in Afghanistan.

In 1996 and 2001, when the Taliban was in power, they did impose a lot of restrictions on women and girl’s work and education. The situation doesn’t seem to have changed much since then. The current government has already put restrictions on work and education. The current government completely ignores women and their needs.

“Initially we allowed all of them to be present at their duties on time, but then the Islamic Emirate decided it was necessary that for some time their work must stop,” Nohmani said, using the official name for the Taliban. “Then we only allowed those females whom we needed, I mean for jobs which males couldn’t do, or which is not a man’s job … For example, there are public female toilets in bazaars.”

Women march outside a building in Kabul

Women march outside a building in Kabul

The women marched outside a building in Kabul that once hosted the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Women revolted after the Taliban announced further restrictions. Mayor’s statement came out the same day when the activists demanded equal rights for women. 

The Taliban denies all the claims about putting restrictions on women’s education. They claim to set up a “secure transportation system” for female students before allowing them back into classrooms. Speaking to CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said “There are certain rules during their class time that must be obeyed that they could be safe and sound.”