After seizing power across Afghanistan, the Taliban held a press conference addressing the Afghani people and the international community.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the terrorist organization’s spokesperson, claimed women’s rights will be honored within the scope of Islamic law. “In accordance with Sharia law, we will allow women to work, women are an important element of the society, and we respect them. Where the society needs them, they will have active presence.”
The rights of women, including attending school and work, are currently under fire by the organization as they eliminated women from Afghan society during its previous takeover. Emerging reports contradict Mujahid’s statement and suggest women are being attacked and killed for not following the unclear Sharia law. For instance, a woman was allegedly killed by Taliban authorities for leaving the house without a burqa, which is a scarf that covers the entire body.
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan expressed support for Afghan women and said, “We’ve seen what they’ve [Taliban] done before.” Following the toppling of the US military forces and the rise of the Taliban, the US, European Union, and other countries published a joint statement calling for the safety of female Afghanis.
“We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement,” the statement reads. “We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection.”