Under the Taliban, Afghan women lead comfortable lives, according to the supreme leader.

According to the Taliban’s top leader, Afghanistan’s women are once again considered to be “open and respected human beings.” The Taliban’s top leader claims in a message that his administration has improved the lives of Afghan women by taking the appropriate actions.

Haibatullah Akhunzada, who seldom appears in public and leads by decree from Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace, claimed on Sunday that measures had been taken to give women a “comfortable and prosperous existence in accordance with Islamic Sharia” in a statement honouring this week’s Eid al-Adha celebration.

He said that the implementation of Islamic governance had freed the nation’s women from “traditional oppressions,” such as forced marriages. All institutions are now required to assist women in obtaining marriage, inheritance, and other rights since the standing of women as free and respectable human beings has been restored, he claimed.

According to Akhunzada, the country’s 20-year occupation with regard to women wearing the hijab and “misguidance” would soon come to an end. Since taking over control in August 2021, Taliban leaders have forbidden women and girls from attending college or high school, barred them from public swimming pools, gyms, and parks, and instructed them to cover up when leaving the house.

While the majority of female government employees have lost their jobs or are receiving pay to stay at home, they have also prohibited them from working for the UN or NGOs. Akhunzada’s assertion was made a few days after the UN informed Kabul that the Taliban government’s recognition was “nearly impossible” due to restrictions on women and girls.

According to Roza Otunbayeva, the UN envoy to Afghanistan and commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in my regular discussions with the de facto authorities, I am direct about the challenges they have put in their own way by the decrees and restrictions they have enacted, particularly against women and girls.

We have told them that it will be extremely unlikely for their administration to be acknowledged by the world community as long as these decrees remain in effect, Otunbayeva said.

Akhunzada emphasised in his letter his demand for foreign nations to refrain from meddling in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs. He asserted that the Taliban leadership had carried out its obligation to maintain positive political and economic ties with all nations, particularly those with a Muslim majority.

The message from Akhunzada also criticised Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and urged the Sudanese people and government to put aside their differences and cooperate for harmony and fraternity.

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