The former Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister, also the Ampang Member of Parliament (MP), Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin has in a statement on Friday (20 August) expressed her willingness to visit Afghanistan to guide the new Taliban government on women’s rights and empowerment.
According to Malay Mail, Zuraida said that the recent takeover by Taliban of Afghanistan has undeniably led to hostility towards progress and women’s rights there.
On the other hand, the Bersatu Leader has described Taliban’s previous rule as “extreme and backward” and she calls for international pressure to ensure that the Taliban will not oppress women in Afghanistan.
In addition, she suggested other Muslim countries to send representatives on a mission to educate the Taliban on women’s empowerment.
“I saw the condition of women and girls in the country. Women are generally treated as second-class citizens and their rights denied by the (Taliban) government.” she was quoted as saying by MalaysiaKini.
“While we disagree with US imperialism, we are also worried about Afghanistan’s future, particularly for women who were previously oppressed by the Taliban.”
Meanwhile, she expressed that if the opportunity arises, she herself would like to visit Afghanistan to educate the Taliban on women’s empowerment.
On the other hand, she believes that Malaysia has many things that we can share with the newly formed Taliban government.
“As a modernising Islamic country, there are many things we can share with them, especially on how to optimise the role of women in administration, politics, education, economics, and social, which are in line with the true teachings of Islam.” she said.
She admitted that such a mission will be a challenging one but being a Muslim, she has the obligation to try and ensure that there will be acceptable pathways for Afghani women and girls.
“Every country should be governed by its own people and foreign powers should not interfere. However, when the government of a country holds to an ideology that is too extreme, the global community has a responsibility to defend the rights of women and girls.” Zuraida said.
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