Working women in Afghanistan must stay at home until proper systems are in place to ensure their safety, a Taliban spokesman has told reporters.
“It’s a very temporary procedure,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
The UN has highlighted “credible” reports of abuses by Taliban, including executions and restrictions on women.
UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that women’s rights were a “fundamental red line” and urged UN members to create a dedicated body to monitor human rights in Afghanistan.
Other rights violations, including restrictions on women and recruiting child soldiers, were also reported, she told the UN Human Rights Council.
“Our security forces are not trained (in) how to deal with women – how to speak to women (for) some of them,” Mr Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul. “Until we have full security in place… we ask women to stay home.”
He added that Afghan nationals were no longer being allowed to go to Kabul airport because of the chaotic situation there.
Mr Mujahid urged Afghan nationals who have been trying to reach the airport to go home and asked the US not to encourage them to leave. About 50,000 foreigners and Afghans have fled the country via Kabul airport since the Taliban seized power.
The spokesman denied that people were being targeted for reprisals. “We have forgotten everything in the past,” he said.
Since their return to power following a lightning offensive as US and other foreign troops withdrew, the militants have tried to convey a more restrained image, promising rights for women and girls and some freedom of speech.