UNITED NATIONS (AA) – UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous visited the Afghan capital Kabul to discuss women’s rights in the country.
”On behalf of the secretary-general, they held a series of meetings with UN staff, national and international NGOs and Afghan women to take stock of the situation, convey solidarity and discuss ways to promote and protect women’s and girls’ rights,” UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters Wednesday.
”They stressed the need to uphold human rights, especially for women and girls, and were encouraged by exemptions being introduced that have allowed the resumption of some humanitarian activities that had been hampered following the ban” on female workers of aid agencies, he said.
The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021, followed by the disruption of international financial assistance has left the worn-torn country in economic, humanitarian and human rights crises.
Women and girls have been deprived of their rights, including the right to education.
Thousands of women have since lost their jobs or were forced to resign from government institutions and the private sector.
Girls have been prevented from attending middle and high schools.