Kabul [Afghanistan]25 November (ANI): UN mission in Afghanistan urges Taliban to end violence against women and widespread deterioration of women’s rights as key part of efforts to establish meaningful and sustainable peace It called for immediate action to be taken.
The call comes as the world marks the International Day to End Violence against Women and the launch of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
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Since the summer of 2021, women in Afghanistan, one of the countries with the highest rates of violence against women in the world, have had many of their most basic rights restricted or revoked.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Rosa Otunbayeva, said: “The fundamental rights of women in Afghanistan need to be protected, and concrete steps need to be taken to achieve an environment free of all forms of violence. “Protecting women’s rights is a key component of Afghanistan’s stability, prosperity and lasting peace,” said Otunbayeva, who is also head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
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The situation is exacerbated by a devastating humanitarian and economic crisis and restrictions on women’s basic rights, including freedom to move, work, educate and participate in public life, according to a UNAMA statement.
These factors combine to reinforce traditional social norms that tolerate the use of violence as a form of discipline and control, creating an environment in which violence against women and girls is normalized, says the United Nations mission. added.
In the absence of laws and policies to protect and promote gender equality and women’s rights, and in the introduction of statutes and edicts that contribute to the systematic exclusion of women from public life and political life; The underlying social norms that perpetuate inequality are becoming bolder.
“Every day we continue to witness the normalization of violence against women and girls – in women’s homes, where they are allowed to work, online and in public,” said the UN Women’s Representative in Afghanistan. Alison Davidian said. “Globally, creating a violence-free environment for women and girls requires concrete steps to empower women, including initiatives that support women’s voice, agency and participation in decisions that affect their lives. We know this is not possible without effective intervention: efforts to invest in both the protection and empowerment of Afghan women and girls.”
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that begins each year on November 25th and ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. We are calling for global action to raise awareness, strengthen advocacy, share knowledge and innovation, and end gender-based violence everywhere. (Ani)
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