Taliban Claims Shocking Change in Treatment of Women

Taliban Claims Shocking Change in Treatment of Women

(UnitedReader.com) – The Taliban quickly ascended to power in Afghanistan after President Joe Biden botched the withdrawal of American troops from the region. The takeover quickly drew concern over the rights of women and girls in the country. However, the extremist group appears to be changing its ways.

Afghanistan has been under the control of the Taliban since August. Before the takeover, the Afghanistan government allowed women and girls certain rights such as education. During their five-year rule between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban didn’t permit girls to receive any education and approved of men forcing women into marriage. At that time, women weren’t even let outside the home without completely covering their bodies and seeking male accompaniment.

In a recent decree, Taliban officials have indicated that they would like to change their ways and allow women and girls to go to school. They are also granting women rights to inheritance and approving open choice in marriage after a husband dies. Previously, a widow would have no choice but to marry an in-law.

While the Taliban banned women from attending Kabul University, they have reopened some schools to educate girls. The question remains whether the Taliban is being sincere about changing, or is it all for show?

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