The US, the EU, and 19 other countries advocated for protecting the rights of Afghan women and girls.

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In a joint statement, more than 20 nations called on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to ensure their protection.

The United States, the European Union (EU), and 19 other countries signed a joint statement on Wednesday advocating respect for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

"We are deeply concerned for Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work, and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority throughout Afghanistan to ensure their protection", expresses the document that the US State Department promoted.

The joint declaration was jointly signed by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland. In addition, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"Afghan women and girls, like all Afghans, deserve to live in safety and dignity. Any form of discrimination and abuse must be avoided. In the international community, we are ready to assist them with humanitarian aid and support, to ensure that their voice is heard", the text continues.

The signatory countries have pledged how the future government will guarantee the rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan over the past twenty years.

Restrictions and abuse of women by the Taliban include:

1- Total prohibition of women's work outside the home also applies to teachers, engineers, and most professionals. Only a few female doctors and nurses were able to work in some hospitals in Kabul

2- Total prohibition of the activity of women outside the home unless they are accompanied by a mahram (close male relative, such as father, brother, or husband)

3- Prohibition of women from dealing with male traders

4- Prohibition of care of women by male doctors.

5- Prohibition of women studying in schools, universities or any other educational institution.

6- The requirement is that women wear a long veil (burqa), which covers them from head to toe.

7- Flogging, beating and verbally abusing women who do not wear clothes according to Taliban rules

8- Public flogging for covering women with ankles.

9- Public stoning of women accused of having sexual relations outside of marriage (Several lovers are stoned under this rule)

10- Prohibition of the use of cosmetics (Many women with painted nails have had their fingers cut off)

11- Prohibition of women speaking or shaking hands with men other than Mahram

12- Forbidding women to laugh out loud (No stranger should hear a woman's voice)

13- Prohibition of women from wearing high-heeled shoes, which would produce sound when walking (A man should not hear a woman's footsteps)

14- Prohibition of women from traveling by taxi without a mahram

15. Prohibition of the presence of women in radio, television, or any kind of public meetings.

16- Prohibition of women from practicing sports or entering sports centers or clubs.

17- Prohibition of women riding bicycles or motorbikes, even their mahrams.

18. Prohibition of women wearing brightly colored clothes According to the Taliban, these are "sexually attractive colors".

19- Prohibition of women from gathering for festive occasions such as Eids, or recreational purposes

20- Prohibition of women from washing clothes by rivers or in public places.

21-Edit all place names including the word "women".

22- Prohibiting women from appearing on the balconies of their apartments or houses.

23- Mandatory painting on all windows so that women cannot see each other from outside their homes.

24. It is forbidden for male tailors to measure women or sew women's clothes.

25. Prohibition of public toilets for women.

26- Prohibition of men and women traveling in the same bus

27- Prohibition of pants under the burqa

28. Prohibition on photography or filming of women

29. Prohibition of pictures of women printed in newspapers and books or hanging on the walls of houses and shops.

Another report on the Taliban's war on women in 2001 by the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor reveals: "The Taliban claimed that they were trying to guarantee a society in which women had a role. Dignified and safe. But the facts show otherwise. Women were stripped of their dignity. They could not support their families. The girls were deprived of primary medical care and any semblance of schooling. He was even deprived of his childhood under a government that snatched his songs, dolls, and stuffed animals, all banned by the Taliban.

According to The Talks, after the expulsion of the Taliban, women collectively entered public life in Afghanistan. This includes the fields of law, medicine, and politics. Women represent more than a quarter of parliamentarians, and, in 2016, more than 1.5 million women were elected to local office.