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Concerns about the status of women in Afghanistan are voiced by UN authorities

The status of women in Afghanistan under Taliban control has once again drawn the attention of United Nations authorities, since Afghan women are being denied their fundamental rights.

The UN representatives discussed the rights of Afghan women, including the ban on females attending secondary and university education, during a conference called “Women and Youth Must Have Greater Participation in Peacebuilding Efforts” in New York, TOLOnews reported.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the Undersecretary-General of the United Nations for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, described the situation of women in Afghanistan as hopeless.

At the meeting, DiCarlo said, “In the end, it comes down to a simple vision of overcoming obstacles that deny the full contribution of women.”

In addition, Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN-Women, the UN entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, said that “1.1 million girls have not been in school since the 2021 ban in Afghanistan,” in addition to the statistics.

The Taliban hasn’t released any fresh announcements on the reopening of schools for females above the sixth grade in more than 2.5 years. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is becoming worse as the Taliban maintains authority over the nation.

UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric underscored the need to “ensure the rights of women and girls” in Afghanistan and stressed the need for interacting with current Afghan leaders.

“We keep following the same course in Afghanistan, interacting with the de facto authorities as they are the legitimate authorities there. At the meeting, he said, “We also keep pushing them on the issue of women’s and girls’ rights, which are their rights to have and are being denied on a daily basis almost across the border,” according to TOLOnews.

But in spite of worldwide criticism, the Taliban has not decided in stone when the nation’s schools will be open to females.

The Taliban has always maintained that women’s rights in Afghanistan are protected by Islamic law.

“Men and women in Afghanistan have rights, and the Islamic Emirate is committed to providing those rights as endorsed by Islamic law,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman. According to a TOLOnews article, “The Islamic Emirate works to address the rights of all citizens of the country.”

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s envoy to the UN Human Rights Council emphasized the country’s efforts to attain gender equality and called for the removal of restrictions on women and girls.

Afghanistan is still experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe, putting millions of people in danger of malnutrition and illness due to the country’s collapsing infrastructure and interrupted basic services.

In spite of logistical difficulties and security concerns, humanitarian organizations find it difficult to provide supplies.

Since the Taliban took power, girls’ schools have been prohibited, which has prevented a generation of girls from receiving an education and exacerbated cycles of poverty and inequality.

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