The Taliban replaced the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with the Ministry of Virtue and Vice on Friday, acting contrary to the promise of safeguarding women’s rights.
Signs for the country’s women’s ministry were replaced with those of the Taliban’s moral police, Reuters reported, adding that female employees of the department were locked out of the building.
According to photographs, a sign for the building read, “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice”.
A major setback for 17 million women of Afghanistan : Ministry of Women’s Affairs with 1000 employees erased, replaced by Taliban Ministry of Vice & Virtue (moral policing) pic.twitter.com/n4ay52LTam
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The Taliban have already declared that women will not be allowed to work while they will have access to education. And now, female employees say that they were not allowed to report to work and were told to go back home every time they tried.
Several women employees of the department took to the streets to protest after they were barred from entering the building in Kabul.
“I am the only breadwinner in my family,” said a woman who worked in the department. “When there is no ministry, what should an Afghan woman do?” she asked.
During a cabinet announcement on September 7, the Taliban did not mention the appointment of a women’s minister, while an acting minister for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice was named.
When the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last month after the US troop withdrawal, girls were barred from attending school, and women were banned from work.
During the Taliban’s first rule from 1996 to 2001, women were largely excluded from public life, including being banned from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a male relative. The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice worked as the group’s moral police, ensuring the enforcement of Sharia law.
Earlier this week, a senior Taliban leader said that women would not be allowed to work in government ministries with men.