“Women Can’t Be A Minister… They Should Give Birth”: Taliban
Women can’t be ministers, they should give birth, a Taliban spokesperson has said in an interview, reinforcing the perception that the hardline group’s claims of a new improved version since its brutal rule in Afghanistan in the 1990s are false.
The comments by Taliban spokesperson Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi on the new Afghan government missing women ministers, have been widely shared on social media.
“A woman can’t be a minister, it is like you put something on her neck that she can’t carry. It is not necessary for women to be in the cabinet – they should give birth. Women protesters can’t represent all women in Afghanistan,” Hashimi told TOLO news.
The interviewer countered: “Women are half of the society.”
Hashimi replied: “But we do not consider them half. What kind of half? The half itself is misdefined here. The half means here that you keep them in the cabinet and nothing more. And if you violate her rights, not an issue. Over the last 20 years, whatever was said by this media, the US, and its puppet government in Afghanistan, was it anything but prostitution in offices?”
You can’t accuse all women of prostitution, the interviewer interjected.
“I do not mean all Afghan women. The four women protesting in the streets, they do not represent the women of Afghanistan. The women of Afghanistan are those who give birth to the people of Afghanistan, educates them on Islamic ethics,” said the spokesperson.
On why he thought women could not be ministers, Hashimi said: “What a woman does, she cannot do the work of a ministry. You put something on her neck that she cannot carry.”