Taliban’s Measures Against Women Are Not About Religion and Culture, Says Rina Amiri

US Special Envoy for Afghan women, Rina Amiri, said that restrictions imposed by the Taliban against women are not based on Sharia law and Afghan culture.

US Special Envoy said in a thread on Twitter on Wednesday morning, February 1, that the Taliban stifle Afghanistan’s greatest potential by imposing restrictive orders on Afghan women.

“The Taliban’s relentless measures against women and girls’ education has been repudiated by the world, including the OIC and Muslim-majority countries, as well as Afghans themselves. These actions are not about religion and culture – they stifle Afghanistan’s greatest potential,” Amiri tweeted.

Ms. Amiri apparently made these statements in response to the Taliban’s recent order barring female students from taking entry exams in private universities.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has previously considered the ban imposed on Afghan women by the Taliban to be in contrast to the Islamic teachings.

The top women at the UN, Amina Mohammad, also said today that during her trip to Afghanistan, she discussed women’s rights with the members of provincial Taliban authorities and Ulama Council in Kandahar.

Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J. Mohammed, said in a tweet on Wednesday, that we stand ready to find solutions so women and girls are not caught in the crossfire of restrictions.