- Title: Pakistan women hope Taliban ensure women's rights in Afghanistan
- Date: 18th September 2021
- Summary: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC IN STREET WITH MAUSOLEUM OF PAKISTAN'S FOUNDER IN BACKGROUND TRAFFIC AND SHOPS ALONG STREET WOMEN WALKING IN SHOPPING CENTRE SHOPS WITH WOMEN'S DRESSES AND WOMEN AND MEN WALKING SHOP SELLING CLOTH MAN AT STALL SELLING TOWELS AND PAN TO SHOPS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI WOMAN, WHO WORKS IN A TRAVEL AGENCY, SHIREEN JAMI, SAYING: "They (Taliban) are saying they will let women go for education. But the world is scared from the situation in their previous rule, and the world is closely watching how Taliban run the mechanism of Afghanistan (now), especially with reference to the women. They (Taliban) are also saying they will give complete opportunity to women for studies. But the situation will be clear after some time has passed. We can only hope at the moment." WOMAN WITH FACE MASK WALKING WOMEN STANDING AT A STALL SELLING DOPATTA (SCARF) BURQA-CLAD WOMEN WALKING AT SHOPPING MALL (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI WOMAN, WHO WORKS AT AN NGO (NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION), SHEHR BANO, SAYING: "I can say about Taliban that they should learn lesson from their past mistakes, what they did with the women during their rule in the past. At the moment the situation is not good for women journalists as they don't have freedom of expression, and there are restrictions about going out for job. There is a state of fear and uncertainty." DRESS SELLING OUTSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE PEOPLE ENTERING SHOPPING MALL SHOPKEEPER SHOWING JEWELRY TO WOMEN FACES OF WOMEN WOMEN ENJOYING KULFI (ICE LOLLY) OUTSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2021 04:57
- Keywords: Afghanistan women Pakistan Taliban dresses reacting shops streets women
- Location: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- City: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EV8VARR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Pakistan women on Friday (September 17) hoped that Taliban-led government will ensure women's rights in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Since the movement swept to power last month, Taliban officials have said women would be able to work and study within the limits laid down by sharia.
But there has been widespread uncertainty about what practical effect that will have on their ability to keep their jobs.
When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, women were barred from employment and education.
"They (Taliban) are also saying they will give complete opportunity to women for studies. But the situation will be clear after some time has passed. We can only hope at the moment," said Shireen Jami, who works in a travel agency in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi.
"There is a state of fear and uncertainty," said another woman Shehr Bano, who works at an NGO.
Afghan schools will open for boys from Saturday (September 18), the new Taliban ministry of education said in a statement that gave no indication of when girls might be able to go back to their classes.
The cabinet appointments announced on Sept. 7 did not include any women and there have been widespread reports of women being sent back home from their workplaces.
Women have staged several protests across Afghanistan, demanding that the rights they won over the last two decades be preserved. Some rallies have been broken up by Taliban gunmen firing shots into the air.
The United Nations' human rights chief criticised on Monday (September 13) the Taliban's record since seizing power in Afghanistan, saying stated commitments did not match realities on the ground such as the status of women.
Some Western countries have said vital aid and recognition of the Taliban would depend on how they ran the country, including their treatment of girls and women.
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