Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday that there would be “no violence against women” in Afghanistan and assured members of the international community that they “should not be concerned” on this matter, but added that they should respect the Taliban’s “core values” on women.
Talking about the rights of women is a change in approach from how the Taliban has approached the issue previously. However, Taliban officials did not go into detail, so the reality of what that will look like remains to be seen.
When the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996, the Sunni Islamist organization put in place strict rules. Women had to wear head-to-toe coverings, weren't allowed to study or work and were forbidden from traveling alone. TV, music and non-Islamic holidays were also banned under their rule at the time.
“Our sisters and mothers — as has been said in Sharia law, which is our value — women are an important part of society,” Mujahid said today during a televised press conference from Kabul.
“There will be no violence against women, no discrimination against women within the framework of Islamic law,” he continued, adding that the Taliban will “guarantee all their rights within the limits of Islam.”
He provided no specific details about what "the framework of Islamic law" meant in their interpretation.
Pressed on whether Afghan women will be able to go to work, Mujahid said that the rights of women will be determined within the framework of Sharia Law.
“Yes, with regards to women, as I stated earlier, it will be within the framework of Sharia Law. In all sectors in society, where they are required, it will be within this framework,” Mujahid said.