Nearly two weeks after fear is mounting for girl and women in Afghanistan, the Taliban have admitted that the Afghan women are not safe in the presence of the militant group soldiers and have directed them to work from home.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has said on Tuesday  that women should not go to work for their own safety, undermining the group`s efforts to convince international observers that the group would be more tolerant towards women than when they were last in power.

 Mujahid said that the measure was necessary because the Taliban “keep changing and are not properly trained.” When last in power between 1996 and 2001 the militant group banned Afghan women from the workplace, stopped them from leaving the home unaccompanied and forced them to cover their  bodies.

The  World Bank halted funding in Afghanistan, announced on Tuesday  citing concerns about the safety of women, and within hours of the UN calling for a “transparent and prompt investigation” into reports of human rights abuses since the Taliban rule , dealing another blow to an economy that relies heavily on foreign aid.

 The  Taliban have promised its new era will be more moderate, but Taliban leaders have refused to guarantee women`s rights will not be stripped back and many have already faced violence.

The source said some priority local Afghans would get help in the coming hours, the source said, though some applicants for the Special Immigrant Visa  program  an avenue for Afghans who worked for US forces and agencies to get out of the country   would have to wait.

The Pentagon has said on Wednesday that a total of 19,000 evacuees left Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, including 11,200 people flying on 42 US military aircraft and another 7,800 evacuated by coalition partners.

A frantic Western evacuation operation at Kabul`s airport has provided the only faint opportunity for many Afghans to escape the country in recent days, and crowds outside the facility have swelled since the militants seized power. 

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