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Media reports say dozens of Afghan women participated in a protest in Kabul this week to demand government jobs and equal representation in society from the Taliban.
TOLO News reported that some of the women who took part in the protest on Wednesday had worked for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission before losing their jobs following the Taliban takeover last August.
Ferozan Amiri, one of the participants, said: "We, the women working in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, and the 28 percent of active government employees are suffering from the fall of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan."
In addition, protesters released a five-point resolution - allowing women to work; ensuring that women are included in government decision-making about women's issues; The formulation of policies to support women's rights, the preservation of women's posts, and safe working conditions for women.
"Women are concerned about the fate of the jobs in IARCS. IARCS is a neutral institution; 28 percent of civil service employees are women," said Khujusta Ilham, another protester quoted by TOLO News.
As of now, Taliban officials have stated that women have not been excluded from the government structure.
Taliban deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi stated that women's presence is needed in all government departments. "After an assessment, if their presence is necessary, they will work in the same posts and same departments," he said.
As a condition for the international community to consider recognizing the current Afghan government, human rights should be observed, women's rights must be respected, and an inclusive government must be formed.