Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Taliban Removes Women’s Seat from Commission of Media Violations

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

The Taliban Ministry of Information and Culture removed the women’s seat that represented women in the Media Violations Commission, stating that the presence of women is no longer needed. 

The Media Violations Commission does not require female representatives, according to Hayat Mahajar Farahi, the Acting Deputy Minister of Information and Culture for the Taliban government, who acknowledged that women no longer hold seats on the commission.

“You know that the Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Woman do not exist anymore in the Islamic Emirate, so for this reason, there is no need for women representatives,” said Mahajar Farahi.

The commission now comprises 14 members, including representatives from the departments of Interior, Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Information and Culture, and Intelligence.

Institutions that monitor the media have voiced concern about the absence of women on the commission, as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Afghanistan previously said that barriers are put in to render women “invisible” in society.

The Taliban has previously been accused of deliberately excluding women from the media, according to the UN Women (UNW)’s report.

According to the UNW report, self-censorship, a deliberate attempt to muzzle the media, and the exclusion of women from public spaces have caused a “fundamental change for the worse” in the Afghan media sector under Taliban rule.

The findings of the Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan also indicate that since the Taliban took power, about 93% of women journalists have lost their jobs or left the country.

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