The United Nations calls on the Taliban to end violence against women

KABUL, November 25 (EFE) – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday called on the Taliban government to immediately end violence against women and the general decline in women’s rights, which have particularly diminished since the fundamentalists took power. last year.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) warned of the alarming loss of rights women have suffered in the past year in Afghanistan, which it said has “one of the highest rates of violence against women globally.”

Afghan girls take classes at the Ikhlas Center, a private educational institution that provides free education to nearly 2,000 female students above the sixth grade, in Kabul, Afghanistan, November 09, 2022. EPA-EFE: FILE / STRINGER

Since the Taliban’s return to power, it has decreed women’s rights

Since the Taliban took over Kabul in August 2021, it has issued many measures against women’s rights, such as preventing girls from attending secondary school, restricting women’s entry into most areas of work, and imposing the burqa.

Some restrictions reinforce traditional social norms that condone the use of violence as a form of discipline and control, creating an environment in which violence against women and girls is normalized, as UNAMA has decried.

Adding to the loss of these rights is the “notable deterioration” in access to services for survivors of gender-based violence, and the demand for them is “higher than ever,” the statement continued.

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan said that restoring these lost rights is essential for stability, prosperity and peace in a country mired in serious humanitarian and economic crises.

“The basic rights of Afghan women need to be protected and concrete steps must be taken for an enabling environment free from all forms of violence,” said the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Rosa Otunbayeva. “Protecting women’s rights is critical to stability, prosperity and any lasting peace in Afghanistan.”

The UN mission added that “in the absence of laws and policies that protect and promote gender equality and women’s rights, and the introduction of decrees and ordinances that contribute to the systematic erasure of women from public and political life, the basic social norms that perpetuate inequality are encouraged.”

And she called for “efforts to invest in the protection and empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan.” EFE

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