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Afghanistan: Top UN delegation tells Taliban to end confinement, deprival, abuse of women’s rights

The Taliban’s restrictions on ladies and girls in Afghanistan can exclude women from involvement in political activities like voting, as it was with this woman at the Bamyan polling center for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, which were held at the 20th of October 2018.

Call to invert course

“Our collective ambition is for a prosperous Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbours, and on a path to sustainable development. But at this time, Afghanistan is definitely isolating itself, in the midst of a terrible humanitarian problems and one of the most vulnerable countries on earth to climate change, ” she added. “We must do everything we can to bridge this gap. ”  The particular visit to Afghanistan followed a series of high-level consultations on Afghanistan across the Gulf and Asia, the UN reported.

Excluded from community life

“The delegation convened with government leaders in the region and religious commanders to advocate for the important role and full participation of women and rally assistance for the Afghan people”, the particular statement added. During their mission, Ms Prophet and Ms Bahous met with affected communities, humanitarian workers, civil society and other key actors, in Kabul, the Taliban heartland associated with Kandahar, and Herat.   “My message has been very clear”, said the UN deputy chief. “While we recognize the important exemptions made, these restrictions present Afghan women and girls with a future that will confines them in their very own homes, violating their rights and depriving the neighborhoods of their services ”.

All Afghans suffer due to restrictions: Mohammed

The top UN delegation called for efforts to be intensified to reflect the urgency of the turmoil facing Afghan women and young ladies, “and stressed the importance of the unified response by the worldwide community. ”  The ban on nearby women working in the crucial aid sector came into force final month, prompting many help agencies to suspend operations, as they were unable to reach several families in need, without the support of female staff. UNAMA/Abbas Naderi

‘Extraordinary resilience’: Bahous

We now have witnessed extraordinary resilience. Afghan women left us undoubtedly of their courage and refusal to be removed from public life. They will continue to advocate and fight for their rights, and we are usually duty bound to support them within doing so, ” UN Women’s top executive Ms. Bahous said.   In response, Taliban rulers do announce some exemptions, that will allow women health employees to go about their lifesaving work. Girls perform volleyball at a school in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2016.

UN commitment

“The efficient delivery of humanitarian support is predicated on principles that require full, safe and unhindered access for all aid workers, including women ”, Microsoft Mohammed said.   The particular United Nations and its partners, including national and international non-governmental organizations, are helping over 25 million Afghans who else depend on humanitarian aid to survive, and remain committed to staying and delivering.  

The Taliban's restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan will exclude women from participation in political activities such as voting, as it was for this woman at the Bamyan polling center for Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, which were held on…
The EL reported that a proposal to hold an international conference on ladies and girls in the Muslim Planet, during March this year, “was also considered and decided in principle. ”

“It shows just how quickly decades of improvement on women´s rights can be reversed in a matter of days . UN Females stands with all Afghan ladies and girls and will continue to enhance their voices to restore all their rights. ”

Need for ‘effective delivery’

Deputy Secretary-General , Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of EL Women ,   Sima Bahous , and the Assistant Secretary-General for UN political, peacebuilding and peacefulness operations,   Khaled Khiari , spend four days on a fact-finding mission in Afghanistan, to engage with Taliban leaders, and “underscore UN solidarity with the Afghan people”, according to a press release issued to correspondents upon Friday.   In meetings with de facto regulators in Kabul and Kandahar, “the delegation directly conveyed the security alarm over the latest decree banning women from working for national and worldwide non-governmental organizations, a move that undermines the work of numerous organizations assisting millions associated with vulnerable Afghans. ” The delegation met with the management of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Islamic Development Bank, groups of Afghan women in the Turkish and Pakistani capitals of Ankara and the Islamabad, and a number of Ambassadors and Special Envoys to Afghanistan, based in Doha.   Throughout the visits, the UN’s crucial role like a bridge builder towards “finding lasting solutions” was emphasized, “as well as the urgency to deliver lifesaving support and maintain effective engagement, led by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan ( UNAMA ). ”

Girls play volleyball at a school in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2016.

“What is occurring in Afghanistan is a grave women’s correct crisis and a wakeup call for the international community.

Urgent push for assistance

Women and girls are also ordered to stop using recreational areas, gyms, public bath houses, and banned from the majority of areas of the workforce, along with other restrictions on their freedom of movement, in line with the authorities’ interpretation of Sharia legislation. “While the recent exemptions to the ban introduced by the sobre facto authorities are starting spaces for humanitarians to carry on – and in some cases resume — operations, these remain limited to few areas and activities”, said the UN statement on Friday.   The newest clampdown on working ladies followed edicts from the fundamentalist Taliban  to close colleges to female students, till further notice, and avoiding girls from attending secondary school.


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