The Taliban administration appointed Dr. Simin Mushkin Mohmand as the Chief of Staff of the Rabia Balkhi maternity hospital, one of the busiest hospitals in Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Dr. Mohmand officially began her duties as the chief of staff of the Rabia Balkhi maternity hospital on Monday, October 3, after an introduction ceremony.
When introducing Dr. Mohmand as the new chief of staff, the deputy minister of the Taliban Ministry of Public Health said that the department puts forth every effort to hire experienced and knowledgeable people.
Under Taliban rule, Dr. Mohmand is the second woman to be designated as the appointed hospital head as the Taliban previously appointed Dr. Malalai Faizi as the head of the Malali Maternity Hospital.
Despite the Taliban’s appointment of a woman to a leadership position, the majority of women who held significant government positions under the previous administration are ordered to remain at home.
Additionally, since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan one year ago, schools have been instructed to close their doors to female students in sixth grade and above until further notice.
Women’s rights activists have frequently protested for the reopening of schools in Kabul and some provinces both inside and outside of Afghanistan, but the schools are still closed, depriving girls of an education.