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Afghan women working in government and private organisations have said the Taliban will have to take them into account as the hardline. Islamist group discuss the formation of a new regime in the country.

 Several women, including human rights activists, have said they have worked hard for their rights over the past two decades and cannot go back.In the first press conference on Tuesday on  Kabul, spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said women would have rights to education, health and employment and that they would be “happy” within the framework of  islam .

“Taliban are committed to providing women with their rights based on Islam. Women can work in the health sector and other sectors where they are needed. There will be no discrimination against women.” Mujahid, specifically referring to women working in media, said it would depend on what laws were introduced by the new government in Kabul.

Dawran was quoted as saying “I wanted to return to work, but unfortunately they did not allow me to work. They told me that the regime has changed and you cannot work,”.

 Khadija also said she was not allowed by the Taliban to enter her office. Khadija said that the Taliban told them that a decision will be made soon about their work. “We talked with our new director who has been appointed by the Taliban.

Afghan women fought and achieved these rights and these values, Rahima Radmanesh, a women’s rights activist, said. “The people, the government, and any official who is to form a state in the future cannot ignore the women of Afghanistan. We will not relinquish our right to education, the right to work, and our right to political and social participation” . 

Several reports have said that Taliban fighters walked into a commercial bank branch in Kandahar in July and ordered 9 women working there. They were asked to leave because their jobs were deemed inappropriate and were allowed to be replaced by male relatives.

Several women have said they fear  their strict interpretation of Sharia and would not allow them to work and stop girls from attending school.

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