Taliban officials announced on Friday that forced marriage will be banned in Afghanistan. According to reports, the move is meant to address criteria that the international community considers necessary for recognizing the new government and restoring aid to the nation. An announcement was made by the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada.
Poverty has escalated in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country in August and NATO troops withdrew. A majority of the economy has been halted since then due to foreign governments ceasing funds.
However, it is unclear how the decree would be enforced. In addition, the statement did not mention two issues – women’s access to education and the workplace. Those have been the primary interests of the countries and organizations that have provided assistance to Afghanistan.
Source: New York Times