At the UN, call on the Taliban to end “all oppressive measures” against women

A dozen members of the UN Security Council called on the Taliban to end “all repressive measures” against women in Afghanistan on Friday, on the sidelines of a closed-door meeting on the situation in the country.

“We call on the Taliban to withdraw all repressive measures against women and girls,” Japanese Ambassador Ishikane Kimihiro told reporters on behalf of the 11 council members (Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Japan, Malta, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates). United Kingdom and USA).

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These countries call on the Taliban to “respect the rights of women and girls and their full, equal and meaningful participation in all areas of society, from the political and economic to education and public space”.

Core services

The report specifically mentions Exclusion of girls and women from schools and universitiesAnd Prohibition of employment of women by NGOs National and International. Due to this latest move, “NGOs will not be able to reach people, especially women and girls, who are most in need of life-saving supplies and services,” the statement said.

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Many humanitarian organizations have decided to suspend their operations due to the ban announced by the Taliban government on December 24. The UN, on the other hand, decided to continue its activities.

“Prevent a Humanitarian Disaster”

“The situation of women and girls in Afghanistan must be at the top of the Security Council’s agenda,” the signatories of Friday’s statement urged. The Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the country’s situation.

“Today we will discuss a united international response to the actions of the Taliban,” British Ambassador Barbara Woodward said on Twitter before the meeting began. “Our goal is to prevent it from entering into a humanitarian disaster and to roll back sanctions on women and girls,” she added.

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