In a negative sign for the future of Afghanistan, the Taliban has dissolved the Women’s Affairs Ministry. In its place, they have set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice.”
Denise Godwin with International Media Ministries says deeply held religious beliefs inform the Taliban’s actions. “The tragedy I see in different kinds of religion is when they have hypocritical views. Suddenly, they’re only giving virtue advice to women. Women are the ones who cause the avarice in their society, in their view. There are other societies that have a similar view. It’s tragic.”
The Taliban’s actions really show their fear of women, Godwin says. Ask God to change their hearts, removing their fear and stopping their oppression.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to comfort and strengthen Afghan women.
- Pray the Taliban’s oppression of women will end, thwarted by the new way of Jesus.