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Press release: 21 December 2022: Combined statement from Foreign Ministers on the Taliban’s decision to ban women from universities

Taliban insurance policies designed to erase women through public life will have consequences for how our nations engage with the Taliban.   Our foremost concern will continue to be the welfare, rights, and freedoms of the people associated with Afghanistan. We stand with all Afghans in their demand to workout their human rights consistent with Afghanistan’s obligations under worldwide law. With these moves, the particular Taliban are further separating themselves from the Afghan inhabitants and the international community. All of us urge the Taliban to immediately abandon the new oppressive measures with respect to university training for women and girls and to, without delay, reverse the existing decision to prohibit girls’ access to secondary school. The Taliban’s oppressive measures against Afghan ladies and women have been relentless and systemic. Over the last sixteen months, the Taliban have issued no fewer than sixteen decrees and edicts that will, among other things, constrain women’s mobility, remove women from places of work, require head-to-toe coverings for women, ban women from using public spaces such as parks and gyms and leave widows and women-headed households in dire circumstances by the requirement of male guardianship. These policies make clear the Taliban’s overlook for the human rights plus fundamental freedoms of the individuals of Afghanistan. Afghan women’s ingenuity and dynamism are needed urgently to help relieve serious and staggering economic plus humanitarian needs.   A well balanced, economically viable, and tranquil Afghanistan is only attainable and sustainable if all Afghans, including women and girls, may fully, equally, and meaningfully participate in and contribute to the particular country’s future and growth. The Foreign Ministers of Australia, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, The japanese, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well as the High Representative of the European Union strongly condemn the Taliban’s current decisions to ban ladies from universities, to continue to bar girls from secondary schools, and to impose additional harsh restrictions on the ability of women and girls within Afghanistan to exercise their human rights and essential freedoms.


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