The Taliban seems to have learned a few things about the Western World over the past few years, including how to virtue signal to appease the American political Left. But thankfully, the world isn’t falling for their deceptive statements about supposedly guaranteeing “women’s rights.”
Since taking control of nearly the entire country of Afghanistan, the Taliban has begun taking questions from international media outlets, such as BBC, to provide answers about their plans for the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” that they plan to establish in the coming days.
Addressing urgent concerns about the fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan, the Taliban promised to allow women as many rights as Sharia law stipulates, without acknowledging that that legal system guarantees few to no rights to women.
“The Islamic Emirate believes that we have rights for women in Islam – all our sisters, all our women are secure. Our God, our Quran, says that woman is a very important part of our society. They can work, they can get education, they are needed in our society, and they will be actively involved,” a Taliban spokesman claimed during a press conference on Tuesday.
The Taliban sent a message to the world stating there will be “nothing against women” under their rule—although the very implementation of Sharia law can itself be considered a crime against women.
“If the international community is worried about these issues, we will tell them there will be no, nothing, against women in our ruling,” said the Taliban spokesman. “Our people accept, our women are Muslims, they accept Islamic rules.”
“If they continue to live according to Sharia, we will be happy, they will be happy,” he continued.
However, Sharia law openly states that husbands are freely allowed to beat their wives, a woman is only worth half of what a man is, women can be stoned for adultery, and men are allowed to marry pre-pubescent girls, among many more disgusting human rights abuses. Also under Sharia law, it is looked down upon to allow women to work in government or attend school.
Despite the Taliban’s virtue signaling, the United States and 20 other countries are calling on the militant group’s leadership to “guarantee” the protection of women, The Hill reported.
“We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement,” the nations said in a joint statement on Wednesday. “We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection.”
“Afghan women and girls, as all Afghan people, deserve to live in safety, security and dignity,” the U.S. and other nations stated, offering resources to “ensure that their voices can be heard.”
Vowing to keep tabs on the Taliban’s treatment of women, they added, “We will monitor closely how any future government ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last twenty years.”
Countries that signed the statement include the U.S., Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, according The Hill.
As to whether this will be enough to prevent further abuses of women’s rights, that remains to be seen.