United Nations Delegation in Afghanistan to discuss women’s rights with the Taliban

Senior UN officials arrived in Kabul on Monday for “high-level talks,” a UN spokesman said.
The secretary-general’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said the delegation consisted of UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, and UN women’s executive secretary, Sima Bohuth, as well as a senior official from the affairs department. politicians, Khaled Al-Khayari. The spokesman declined to give details of the delegation’s schedule, citing “security reasons”.

Condemnation of systematic attacks against women

Last week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres denounced before the Security Council “unprecedented and systematic attacks against Afghan women and girls” that create “gender-based apartheid”.

before arriving in Afghanistan, the UN delegation held a series of “high-level consultations” in various countries of the region, the Gulf, Asia and Europe to discuss “protection of the rights of women and girls, peaceful coexistence and sustainable development”.

The assassination “shocked” Antonio Guterres

The spokesperson indicated that during the visits, UN officials were urged to “step up their efforts to respond to the urgent situation,” noting that there was “a clear consensus on the issue of women’s and girls’ rights at work.” and to education”.

The visit comes days after a former Afghan MP was shot and killed in her home in Kabul, a killing that “shocked” Antonio Guterres, according to one of his spokespersons.
Since returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban have imposed severe restrictions on Afghan women, preventing them from performing public jobs, attending secondary schools and universities, and even going to public parks.

Furthermore, in late December, she announced a ban on Afghan women from working in non-governmental organizations, which prompted many of them to suspend their activities. However, at least three of them have reopened, in part, after receiving assurances from the Taliban authorities that women can continue working in the health sector.
For its part, the United Nations has decided to continue its operations.

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