OIC calls for end to Taliban’s ban on women’s education, employment

A delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, which is visiting Kabul, in a meeting with the Taliban’s deputy chief minister Abdul Kabir called for an end to the Taliban’s ban on women and girls’ education and employment.

The four-member OIC delegation, including three women, which has met with many Taliban officials in Kabul, is led by Tariq Ali Bakheet, the deputy special envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for Afghanistan.

Bakheet said that “education and learning are valued in Muslim nations and these nations are ready to cooperate with the Taliban in this sector,” according to a statement by Kabir’s office.

Indirectly responding to the call, Kabir said in the meeting that the orders of their leader concerning women have been implemented.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Women’s Agency, the Taliban has issued more than 50 specific decrees against women that “violate fundamental women’s rights,” preventing women and girls from continuing their education and employment and restricting their presence in public places.

Meanwhile, Kabir claimed that Daesh had been suppressed in Afghanistan. The claim comes as Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack in the west of Kabul on Saturday, April 20.

Quoted by the statement, Bakheet said the OIC has established a fund to assist Afghanistan.