Call for dialogue between women and the Islamic Emirate authorities


MONITORING (SW) – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has reiterated the need for dialogue between women and the Islamic Emirate authorities.

UNAMA issued a statement saying that as per the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, it has begun gatherings with the presence of women in a number of Afghan provinces.

According to the UNAMA report, it has discussed with the women who participated in these gatherings about the imperative need for their meaningful participation in decision-making, protection against violence, access to education, work and justice.

Marks Putzel, the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a program in Kabul that the United Nations always reminds the authorities of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s obligations in the human rights and women’s rights conventions.

UNAMA said that the women in Kabul asked the United Nations to facilitate a dialogue between them and the Islamic Emirate and help restore their basic rights, increase economic and educational opportunities, and preserve the achievements of women.

The UNAMA report stated that the women’s recent talks resulted in a list of recommendations to the international community, the Islamic Emirate and the women themselves.

Women have asked the United Nations and the international community to create a communication mechanism that allows women to share their issues with the authorities of the Islamic Emirate.

Women in Herat have said that now, gender discrimination against women and their exclusion from decision-making mechanisms is systematically practiced.

Women in Kunduz have asked the Islamic Emirate to set an example for other Islamic countries that provide access to education for women and girls of all ages.

With the return of the Islamic Emirate to power, restrictions have been imposed on women’s lives in Afghanistan and some of their social rights have been taken away from them.

For more than a year, female students above the sixth grade have stopped going to school.