Women who have been working in government and non-government agencies held a gathering to express concerns about the future and how women will be represented in any future government. This comes as the Taliban has said it has begun discussing the formation of a new government. 

“The people, the government, and any official who is to form a state in the future cannot ignore the women of Afghanistan. We will not relinquish our right to education, the right to work, and our right to political and social participation,” said Fariha Esar, a human rights activist. 

“Afghan women fought and achieved these rights and these values,” said Rahima Radmanesh, a women’s rights activist. 

Those protesting say the Taliban cannot ignore women’s progress and their struggles over the past 20 years. 

“We have worked hard for twenty years and will not go back,” said human rights activist Shukria Mashaal. 

“We do not want an imposed government. It must be based on the will of the Afghan citizens,” said a human rights activist. 

The Taliban have previously said that they will grant women rights within the framework of Islamic law, and women can work within the same framework in society. Still, they have not defined this Islamic framework. 


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