Taliban releases decree on women’s right to marriage

Taliban releases decree on women’s right to marriage

Taliban government on Friday, released a decree on women’s rights which said, women should not be considered property and must consent to marriage.

Thee Taliban decree, released by spokesman Zabihillah Muhajid said, “A woman is not a property, but a noble and free human being, no one can give her to anyone in exchange for peace or to end animosity.

“It set out the rules governing marriage and property for women, stating women should not be forced into marriage and widows should have share in their late husband’s property.

“Courts should take into account the rules when making decisions, and religious affairs and information ministries should promote these rights,” the decree said.

However, it made no mention of women being able to work or access facilities outside the home or education, which have been major concerns from the international community.

The Taliban has been under pressure from the international community, who have mostly frozen funds for Afghanistan, to commit to upholding women’s rights since the hardline Islamist group took over the country.

During its previous rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned women from leaving the house without a male relative and full face and head covering and girls from receiving education.

The international community, which has frozen billions in central bank funds and development spending, has made women’s rights a key element of any future engagement with Afghanistan.

The country, which is also suffering from a banking liquidity crisis as the cash flow dries up due to sanctions, is facing the risk of economic collapse since the Taliban took over.

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Taliban releases decree on women’s right to marriage

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