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An Afghan woman wearing a burqa walks out of a small store in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Women’s rights activists in the Afghan capital of Kabul insisted on Sunday that they would continue to fight for their rights. right to education, employment and participation in Afghan political life. and social life, and said a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not enough to address women’s rights. (AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Women’s rights activists in Kabul, the Afghan capital, insisted on Sunday that they would continue to fight for their right to education, employment and participation in human rights. Afghan political and social life, and said that a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not sufficient to address women’s rights.

The decree, released Friday, comes as poverty grows in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August and the withdrawal of US and NATO troops. Since then, foreign governments have suspended funds intended for the aid-dependent country.

Social rights activist Farida Akbari said the new Taliban government should provide women with access to education and employment. Currently, secondary and higher education has been banned, while most women have been banned from working.

Akbari said Friday’s forced marriage decree would have no particular benefit for women living in cities, where such practices are rarer.

“It is not acceptable for us to get married, to eat and to stay at home”, she told reporters. “We want our role in politics, economy, employment, education and social activities where they cannot limit us.”

Writer and women’s rights activist Huda Khamosh noted that women are “A key part of the community” and denying them the right to work and participate in the political and economic life of Afghanistan “Equivalent to a denial of women in society”.

The right of girls and women to education is a right that exists in all Islamic countries, said writer and social activist Marzia Darazi.

The Taliban’s decree on Friday was apparently intended to meet criteria that the international community sees as a prerequisite for recognition of their government and the restoration of aid.

According to the decree, “Both (women and men) should be equal”, and “No one can force a woman to marry by coercion or pressure”. He also noted that women have the right to inherit and that a widow can marry a man of her choice 17 weeks after the death of her husband.

Forced marriages have become more common in poor and conservative countries, as internally displaced people marry their young daughters in exchange for a dowry that can be used to pay off debts and feed their families.

For decades, Afghan women have been treated like property – as a sign of trading for blood money or to end disputes or tribal feuds. The Taliban are now saying they are against the practice.

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