Women activists protest in Kabul




Afghan women held a demonstration in Kabul demanding participation in the national government and respect for their rights, after the Taliban (a terrorist organization, banned in Russia) announced their exclusion from the country’s political life, Yalda Samadi, one of the protesters, told Sputnik on Friday.

The demonstrators, among whom were representatives of different professions, were chanting slogans such as “Education, work, freedom forward to abadi [development]” and calling for respect of their rights to education, work and freedom of speech.

A similar rally took place in the western city of Herat on Thursday. Female activists, students and government workers demanded that their rights be guaranteed. They also warned that no government would be stable without female representation.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper that they did not plan to include female ministers in a new unity government, as women cannot serve as ministers under Sharia law.

He did not rule out that women would be allowed to take on minor roles in the administration, police and judiciary.—AP

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