The G7 foreign ministers have spoken out against the Taliban’s escalating restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights and freedoms in Afghanistan.

“We stand with the Afghan people in their demand for equal rights in line with the Taliban’s commitments to all Afghans and Afghanistan’s obligations under international law,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement.

Despite the fact that it has been nearly nine months after the Taliban closed the girls’ schools, they have also imposed other restrictions on women, triggering widespread national and international outrage.

The Taliban are further alienating themselves from the international community with these actions, according to the statement.

The G7 (Group of Seven) is an association of the world’s seven most powerful “advanced” economies, which control worldwide trade and the international financial system. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States are among them.

The Taliban are ignoring the will of the people, according to EU Special Representative for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson, and this is a main hindrance in recognizing the Taliban as the new regime’s rulers.

Niklasson told Agence France Presse after a five-day visit to Kabul that the Taliban would take a positive step if they opened their doors to girls’ schools as soon as possible, otherwise the international community would grow more skeptical of them.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).