After occupying the country, the Taliban promised to respect women’s rights and to form a multi-party government. However, he stated in advance that women would not hold ministerial positions in his cabinet, which was also confirmed during the appointment.
The composition of the new Afghan government has provoked sharp international criticism also because all ministers are members of the Taliban, many of whom are on the UN sanctions list, and none of the minorities are represented in the government. The Taliban presented the government as transitional, but did not say if it ever intended to hold elections in the country in the future.
According to the AP, after the appointment of ministerial deputies, it is clear that the Taliban was not influenced by critical reactions from the world and continues the hard line that characterized its first government from 1996 to 2001. At that time, women could not work and study they were allowed to leave the clothing covering the whole body and the home only accompanied by a male relative.
According to the AP, the Mujahideen defended the composition of the cabinet, stating that representatives of ethnic minorities, including the Hazars, were among the deputy ministers. Unlike the Sunni Taliban, they profess the Shiite branch of Islam and have been a brutally persecuted movement in the past. The Mujahideen also said that women could be included in the government later.
Taliban spokesman Mujahide also promised that girls attending primary school and high school students would be allowed to return to school “as soon as possible.”
Teaching has resumed for boys in this age group since Saturday, but the Taliban remained silent about girls, raising concerns about the future of women’s education in Afghanistan.