Taliban in Afghanistan has announced that females are banned from participating in large gatherings to address issues of national unity.
The new development was announced on Wednesday by the acting deputy prime minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi.
He told state broadcaster RTA that the gathering, the first of its kind since the Taliban took over in August 2021, would start on Thursday.
When asked if women would attend, Hanafi said male delegates would represent women.
“The women are our mothers, sisters, we respect them a lot, when their sons are in the gathering it means they are also involved, in a way, in the gathering.
“Different people with different views are going to gather. This will be a positive step for stability in Afghanistan and strengthening national unity.’’
Hanafi said religious leaders had asked for the gathering to address an Islamic system of government and economic and social issues.