Qatar expresses “extreme concern” over Taliban bar on female staff – statement

Afghan women chant slogans in protest against the closure of universities to women by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 22, 2022. Reuters/Stringer/File Photo

By Reuters

Qatar expressed “extreme concern” over the order by Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration to stop female employees from working, calling on the administration to review its decision, a foreign ministry statement said on Sunday.

The ministry “stresses the need to respect women’s right to work, given that the freedom to choose and accept work is a human right”, it said.

Qatar hosted a representative office for the Taliban during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, and served as a venue for peace talks before the group took power in 2021.