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Emergency meeting held by U.N. on Taliban’s recent actions against Afghan women

On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council conducted an emergency meeting regarding the Taliban’s most recent action against Afghanistan’s women as it considered a presidential statement expressing deep issues over Afghanistan’s ruler’s new ban on women leaving their homes “without necessity” and wearing head-to-toe clothing when they step out in public. The Norwegian-drafted declaration would also call for an end to policies that limit women’s and girls’ rights.


The Taliban that came to power in August 2021, have reverted Afghanistan to their harsh rule from 1996 to December 2001, when they were forced from power by US forces in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, with girls and women remaining the major targets. In addition to Saturday’s new restriction on leaving home now women are also exempted from most employment and boarding planes if they travel without a male relative. Men and women can only visit public parks on separate days.


Trine Heimerback who is Norway’s deputy U.N. ambassador, gave a statement telling the reports that ahead of the council meeting at the Taliban’s policies prioritize oppressing women and girls over addressing the country’s “catastrophic economic and humanitarian situation,” which she warned could lead to “violence and radicalization” shortly. 


The co-chairs of the Security Council Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace, and Security of Ireland, and Mexico, addressed a message to council members on Thursday condemning the Taliban’s recent decision. They confirmed that current leaders of Afghanistan have “No intention of promoting, respecting or upholding the rights of women and girls, or of honoring the multiple commitments that they have made to Afghan women and the international community in recent months.”


They further said that the Taliban’s decision demonstrates a complete disregard for the council’s clear message that women must have a full, equal, and meaningful role in all facets of Afghan public and political life.

By TIS Staffer
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