Taliban, Yalda Hakim, BBC discussed on Woman's Hour

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Were really shocking, 97% of people there, he said, would soon be too poor to fend for themselves. I'm just going to read you a few lines of what he wrote. He said, by standing aside, we've not just taken leave of the country. Historians will look back and ask if we've taken leave of our collective sensors. Well, at women's art we've been keeping across the situation, particularly with what's happening to women and girls and the BBC's yalda hakim joins me now yelled welcome. Thank you so much. It's about a hundred days since teenage girls were prevented many of them from going to school at the time, the Taliban said that that van was temporary for the girl's own safety and they cited security reasons. Obviously, the fear is that it's permanent. What are your thoughts? Well, indeed, I mean, the Afghan people have a reference point. And that is the rule of the Taliban in the 90s, when they said that they were putting a de facto ban on girls education and women going to work because of security concerns. Now, those security concerns lasted for the duration of the Taliban rule that was a total of 5 years. The big question has been for the last more than hundred days now, a 104 days to be precise. Why this ban on girls over the age of 12? Why, when they put out the statement more than a hundred days ago that all boys across the country could go to school and girls under the age of 12 could go to school, why then this ban on teenage girls? And this really has been the concern of so many young girls young women who are not just banned from school, but also public universities. Kabul university, for example, remains closed. Girls and mostly women can not go to work. So there are huge concerns. I was in Afghanistan about two weeks ago. And I traveled from cardboard down to Kandahar to Helmand right across the board. There continues to be concern from women's groups from civil society about the future of girls education as well as women. This feels like such a regression. You know, we were told that this was a new modern Taliban and there is a real concern as you say that we're heading back to the dark days of the 90s when women and girls were basically moved to the fringes of society. Are the Taliban actually saying anything about this? I mean, are they giving you any explanations? Well, I interviewed everyone from one of the leaders of the Haqqani network and you'll remember the infamous Haqqani network were accused of being behind some of the huge large scale attacks on civilians over the last 20 years. I also interviewed the spokesperson of the foreign ministry and also the international spokesperson of the Taliban. They continue to say that women have the right to work..

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