Taliban commander says women and men ‘cannot work together’, prompting UN rights fears

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UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has accused the Taliban of breaking its promises to protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Her statement was issued on September 13, 2021, the day after senior Taliban commander Waheedullah Hashimi suggested that Afghan women should not be allowed to work alongside men, a position which if fully implemented would mean they would be barred from jobs in government offices, banks and media companies. In August, the Taliban said women would be able to work and study within the confines of Islamic sharia law. Women’s rights protests in the country have recently been dispersed by Taliban fighters firing guns into the air, and women have not been offered positions in Afghanistan’s caretaker government cabinet.

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