The President of the European Parliament, in response to the continued stiffening of Taliban restrictions against women, stated that Afghan women are “squeezed out” of public life by the Taliban, who want the women to be “invisible.”
Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament, stated on Monday, November 21, that the Taliban has targeted women and deprived them of a normal life.
“Despite initial promises (of the Taliban) to women’s rights, years of progress are being rolled back,” Metsola said in her address to the European Parliament.
The chief of the European Parliament declared that the women’s voices would be given more weight and that the European Parliament is committed to the “people of Afghanistan, not to its rulers.”
She also cited the tightening of restrictions on women and claimed that throughout the group’s 15-month rule, the Taliban targeted women’s lives and denied them the most fundamental rights and freedoms.
“The Taliban want women to be invisible. We want them to thrive,” Metsola wrote on her Twitter handle on Monday, November 23.
The statement of the European Parliament comes at a time when the Taliban have yet to reopen schools to girls, and stringent edicts have been enforced on Afghan women severely denying and restricting their rights and freedoms, while nothing is known about the whereabouts of the women activists detained by the Taliban 3 weeks ago.