new York [US] October 23 (ANI): The United Nations will continue its activities in Afghanistan to further promote and defend the rights of women in Afghanistan, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday (local time).
“In Afghanistan, @UN remains and delivers and will continue to promote and defend the rights of women and girls. We will not stop until girls can go back to school and women can return to their jobs and participate in public life,” said Guterres in a tweet.
Afghanistan had suffered conflict for more than 20 years before the Taliban took over in mid-August and withdrew US-led foreign troops before President Ashraf Ghani’s previous Afghan government was overthrown.
The Taliban have ruled on a strict interpretation of Islamic law, and although the team has sought more moderation in recent years, many Afghans remain skeptical.
Despite assurances that women’s rights will be respected in Afghanistan, the Taliban failed to win the trust of women in the country as they still feel persecuted under their regime.
In some banks, female employees have already stopped working. Even female police officers have received threats. Outside the urban areas, women and girls are not allowed to take to the streets without a male family member.
Afghan women have enjoyed unrestricted freedom in the country for many years.
Samira Hamidi, who works for Amnesty International, tweeted a photo showing two Afghan journalists, both men, Nemat Naqdi and Taqi Daryabi, showing the injuries to their bodies resulting from torture by the Taliban for over a women’s rights rally reported in Kabul. The face of Islamist terror is back in fashion, according to a think tank based in Canada.
The Taliban had previously announced a “general amnesty” for all Afghan government officials and asked them to return to their jobs, including women who conform to Sharia law. But the older generations remember the ultra-conservative Islamic regime that saw regular stoning, amputation and public executions during the Taliban rule prior to the US-led invasion following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (ANI)