Female Kabul officials 'must stay home unless work can't be done by man'
The new mayor of the Afghan capital Kabul, Hamdullah Noman has urged female officials to stay at home unless their work cannot be performed by a man. For example, if women clean toilets where men are not allowed, women can then work. From the 3,000 civil servants employed, around a third are women.
In the 1990’s, when the Taliban came to power, women were also not authorized to work. In addition, girls were not allowed to go to school at the time. Now girls are allowed to attend primary school, however, only boys are allowed to attend secondary schools.
The Taliban had stated that women’s rights would be preserved, but under certain conditions that fit within Islam. The Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs was closed and is now replaced by a new ministry ‘for the promotion of virtue’.